The SC Ports Authority and BMW Spartanburg plant celebrated this weeks its two-millionth vehicle shipped through the Port of Charleston. The anniversary car was a Space Grey Metallic BMW X5 M50d which was heading for Bremerhaven, Germany.
“BMW is the gift that keeps on giving as far as the port is concerned,” said President and CEO, Jim Newsome, of SCPA. “Because not only do we have the cargo, 250,000 vehicles, over 20,000 containers, but they give us the opportunity to do things we otherwise wouldn’t get done.”
In the future, SC Ports Authority will open an inland port in Greer which will help with the domestic shipping.
“I can promise you two things for certain, lots more BMWs are coming, and it won’t take 20 years for the next two-millionth,” said President and CEO, Manfred Erlacher, of BMW Manufacturing.
In 2015, BMW announced the expansion of its Spartanburg plant. The $1B investment is scheduled to complete this year when the South Carolina-based factory will begin producing 450,000 vehicles annually – up from today’s 350,000 units. Last year, it built a record 400,904 vehicles — topping that of any of its factories in Germany, BMW says. More than 280,000 crossovers made in Spartanburg were exported.
The North American plant was born in 1994 and the first American-built BMW to roll off production line was a 318i. Over the years, the plant became home of nearly the entire X family of crossovers. Today, in Spartanburg, BMW builds the X3, X4, X5 and X6. BMW’s largest SUV to date — the X7 — will join the others in 2018.
Last year, BMW Manufacturing Co. said, the export value of the vehicles it made in the Spartanburg plant reached $9.8 billion.
Spartanburg has produced about 3.3 million vehicles since 1994. BMW has invested $6.3 billion at the site since 1992. It has a daily output of about 1,400 vehicles.[Source: Live5News]