Scania and Volvo recently allied with their clients and suppliers to offer more sustainable products and boost electrification. Meanwhile, Nissan is putting technology at the core of its business by implementing Mixed Reality to improve its training processes.
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Toyota Ranks First in Annual OEM-Supplier Relations Study
Despite supply chain disruptions, Toyota and Honda held their longstanding first and second positions in the annual North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index (WRI) Study released this Monday by Plante Moran. The study showed that in 2021, Honda and Nissan were the most improved OEMs overall. The full insights of the study are available at MBN.
Mixed Reality Impacts Nissan’s Training Processes
The Japanese automaker is currently implementing Mixed Reality (MR) goggles to optimize training processes related to its e-powertrain assembly line, reducing instruction time by 90 percent. Nissan has also implemented Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) across various fields. Learn about other Nissan’s cross reality projects here.
Einride, Scania to Boost Freight Electrification
Scania will provide 110 electric trucks to Einride. The collaboration is expected to become a long-term partnership focused on boosting sustainability within the heavy-vehicle industry. “We share the same vision of decarbonizing heavy transport. It has been rewarding to work with Einride on joint new technical solutions and digital services that will sustainably advance our industry,” says Fredrik Allard, Head of E-Mobility, Scania. Learn more about Scania’s commitment to the environment.
Volvo: The First Truck Manufacturer to Use Fossil-Free Steel
Volvo is using SAAB’s fossil-free steel in its electric trucks. SAAB aims to reduce carbon emissions from the steel industry to create fossil-free value chains. As part of its sustainability strategy, Volvo aims to increase the use of this material to make its trucks net-zero, both in operation and materials. Read the full story here.
High-Quality Products for a Price-Sensitive Aftermarket
ZF group believes that quality is essential in price-sensitive markets. Although the company aims to offer its products at a fair price, ZF is also committed to never compromise quality. “ZF’s philosophy is to never compromise our quality standards, which is crucial because we work with products that are essential for safety, such as suspension and steering components. We cannot jeopardize these products,” said Thomas Kerkhoff, Managing Director Aftermarket for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, ZF Group, to MBN. Read the full interview here.
FORVIA to Invest US$147 million in New Apodaca Facilities
Automotive tech company FORVIA announced a US$147 million investment to open new facilities in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon. The plant will be equipped with instrument panels, production lines for other interior modules and technologies for plastic injection, vibration welding, ultrasound welding and assembly based on renewable energy technologies. The project will create 1,500 direct jobs. Currently, Nuevo Leon is breaking records in job creation as companies arriving in the state increasingly require more trained human capital, said Ivan Rivas, Nuevo Leon’s Minister of Economy, as reported by a previous MBN article.