BMW could shift some car production from Germany to its plant in Spartanburg

News | February 14th, 2017 by 11
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If President Donald Trump follows through on his promise to increase import taxes on cars, BMW’s plant in Spartanburg might go through a series of changes. …

If President Donald Trump follows through on his promise to increase import taxes on cars, BMW’s plant in Spartanburg might go through a series of changes.

Speaking on the sidelines of a symposium in Germany this month, CEO Harald Krueger said Spartanburg would be preferable to building a facility in the U.S. where BMW could reassemble completely knocked-down cars such as the 5 Series sedan. BMW’s competitor from Stuttgart is currently using this approach with its Mercedes Sprinter cargo vans in Charleston, S.C., that actually are manufactured in Germany to circumvent the “chicken tax.”

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“You can never rule out whether in the future you may manufacture locally something else in addition,” Krueger explained. “The bandwidth of the production system is flexible enough to build other models in the U.S., just as in Germany or China.”

Krueger said it took less than nine months after the decision was made for BMW to re-equip its Dingolfing plant in Germany to produce 3 Series sedans that before had been built in Regensburg and Munich.

“If the production systems are prepped, and when the flexibility is there, you can shift production from one plant [to another] in a reasonable period of time,” he said.

For the third consecutive year, BMW Manufacturing recorded its largest annual production, producing 411,171 X models during 2016. This production record confirms the South Carolina plant will remain the largest plant by volume in the BMW Group global production network. In addition, the plant exported 287,700 vehicles last year – 70 percent of its total production.

[Source: AutoNews]

11 responses to “BMW could shift some car production from Germany to its plant in Spartanburg”

  1. JohnS1000RR says:

    R.I.P. Reliability

    • Michael McCann says:

      Hey, we take that personally ;) The SC facility is world-class; if you’re pointing to reliability issues with the X cars, I’d bet it can be traced to individual components and systems, which are sourced from many different suppliers, and not the assembly process.

    • Guillaume Perret says:

      My E85 comes from Spartanburg, no issues !
      I wouldn’t say the same about the BMW built in China though :-(

    • John says:

      Since when are BMWs reliable?

    • guest says:

      BMW have been producing & exporting globally for decades, the South African export 3 Series is ranked higher by JD Power than the German. Canadian Magna have been producing whole vehicles for them in Austria since the original X3. You know as much about this industry as Trumpf, who hopefully will be gone before any production changes can be made. Hard to do long term planning based on 140-character tantrums.

    • Tom Comella says:

      I would disagree completely. I spent over 25 years in the automotive industry and now call upon BMW in SC as a supplier of certain robotic parts. Their facility is indeed world class, with the finest and most up-to-date technology for efficiency and as close to flawless engineering and design that I have witnessed.

  2. guest says:

    Typo in your 1st sentence – Donal’s name is Trumpf.

  3. jason bourne says:

    Screw President Game Show Host.

    Looking forward to seeing him get impeached due to multiple improprieties and general stupidity.

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