SOMIPRESS supplies high-quality aluminium die-casting parts to companies in the Automotive and Mechanical industries

February 28, 2024

SOMIPRESS ROMANIA  is a company part of SOMIGroup an Italian group founded in 1972, working in the field of aluminium die-casting.

It supplies high-quality aluminium die-casting parts to the Automotive, Household Appliances and Mechanical industry companies.

You can contact Somipress at +40261770266; and visit their website

Top 5 Robot Trends 2024 – International Federation of Robotics reports

February 27, 2024

The International Federation of Robotics reports about the top 5 automation trends in 2024. “The five mutually reinforcing automation trends in 2024 show that robotics is a multidisciplinary field where technologies are converging to create intelligent solutions for a wide range of tasks,” says Marina Bill, President of the International Federation of Robotics. “These advances continue to shape the merging industrial and service robotics sectors and the future of work.”

Alfa Romeo will officially unveil its first all-electric model in April

February 27, 2024

Alfa Romeo has announced it'll reveal the forthcoming Milano on April 10, 2024, as the car enters its final testing phase. It’s not only set to be the brand’s first all-electric vehicle, but also the smallest in a line-up which currently consists of the Giulia, Stelvio and Tonale.

Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Alfa Romeo, has said: “It also serves as a ‘welcome’ to anyone looking for a unique sporting experience in this segment and the distinctive beauty of Italian design.''

New car registrations: +12.1% in January 2024; battery electric 10.9% market share

February 22, 2024

In January 2024, the EU new car market rebounded from the slowdown experienced in December 2023, with year-on-year car registrations increasing by 12.1% to 851,690 units. Notably, the bloc’s major markets all saw significant growth, with Germany (+19.1%), Italy (+10.6%), France (+9.2%), and Spain (+7.3%) achieving either high single-digit or double-digit gains.

In January 2024, new battery-electric car sales surged by 28.9% to 92,741 units, representing a total market share of 10.9%.

Volvo’s Electric SUVs Reborn As EX40 & EC40

February 20, 2024

Volvo announced that the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge are now called EX40 and EC40, as part of the latest model year updates. The fully electric crossovers also benefit from a power boost for the twin motor powertrain, and are now available in dark-themed Black Edition trims.

The new names bring the EX40 and EC40 in line with the rest of Volvo‘s fully electric lineup (EX30, EX90, and EM90). 

Stellantis will produce EV drive modules in Hungary

February 19, 2024

Stellantis has announced plans to increase production of its electric drive modules (EDMs). The modules, which combine an electric motor, reduction gearset and inverter into a single unit, should begin production in late 2026. Stellantis is investing 103 million euros ($107.6 million) to boost electric vehicle drive module production at its plant in Szentgotthard, Hungary. The automaker is already building EDMs at its plant in Tremery-Metz, France, and a site in Kokomo, Indiana and later this year, its Mirafiori factory in Italy will start to produce electrified dual-clutch transmissions for its hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles.


Volkswagen and Mahindra sign supply agreement

February 19, 2024

Volkswagen Group and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) have signed the first supply agreement on components of Volkswagen´s MEB for Mahindra’s purpose-built electric platform INGLO, taking a definitive step further on their joint vision for e-mobility collaboration. The deal covers the supply of certain electric components as well as unified cells. The partnership with Mahindra is led by Volkswagen Group Technology and its “Platform Business” unit in close cooperation with Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd.

Europe sees highest new vehicle registrations since the pandemic

February 16, 2024

Europe’s automotive market achieved a notable milestone last year, with new vehicle registrations reaching their highest level since the pandemic. Strong demand for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and the growing influence of new market entrants sparked significant shifts in the continent’s automotive landscape with new passenger vehicle registrations totalling 12,792,151 units in Europe-28* in 2023, up 14% on the previous year. 

Toyota and Chiyoda partner to develop large-scale electrolysis system

February 15, 2024

Japanese companies Toyota and Chiyoda will jointly develop a large-scale electrolysis system. This strategic partnership has a goal of contributing to achieving government targets for the introduction of electrolysis equipment in Japan and overseas as part of the Basic Strategy on Hydrogen formulated by the government.

With the agreement on cooperation, the introduction of an electrolysis system in Hydrogen Park at the Toyota Honsha Plant in Japan is expected in 2025.

Ford has launched the new Puma facelift 2024

February 08, 2024

Ford has prepared a facelift for the popular Puma crossover. Puma is a successful model for the American manufacturer, with 560,942 units produced so far at the factory in Craiova.

There are minor changes on the outside and significant upgrades for the crossover’s interior. 

Ford also confirmed the name of the electric Puma – Gen-E – ahead of its unveiling later this year.

The new petrol-powered Mini Cooper debuts in Romania

February 07, 2024

Mini announces the new gasoline versions of the famous small class model. The Mini Cooper with petrol engines will also be available in Romania. 

Customers in Romania will be able to buy the new model with thermal engines in two versions, these being Cooper C and Cooper S. 

Rolls-Royce creates four 'Year of the Dragon' cars

February 06, 2024

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is presenting four "Year of the Dragon" bespoke products to mark Chinese New Year, which begins on Feb 10. These custom creations are three Phantom Extended models and one Cullinan.

All four cars feature a bespoke coachline, hand-painted in Phoenix Red, that subtly incorporates a dragon motif.

Each dragon is orientated to face right, which symbolically represents the east – the direction of the rising sun.

Honda enters a partnership with Infineon to collaborate on automotive semiconductor solutions

February 05, 2024

Infineon Technologies announced that Infineon and Honda Motor have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a strategic collaboration. Honda selects Infineon as semiconductor partner to align future product and technology roadmaps. 

Infineon will support Honda with technologies to enable competitive and advanced vehicles.

Latest commodity prices: February 2024

February 02, 2024

Energy prices increased 1.6% in January, led by natural gas U.S. (+25.9%) and oil (+2.6%).

Metal prices inched down 0.3%, led by nickel (-2.2%) and iron ore (-0.9%). 

Continental inaugurates fully automated warehouse at its Czech tire plant

January 31, 2024

A fully automated high-bay warehouse has officially opened at Continental’s tire production plant in Otrokovice, Czech Republic.

Covering an area of 10,000m2, the new warehouse is 43m high. It has a storage capacity of more than 930,000 tires.