MIL-OSI Translation: 100 years of the BMW plant in Munich: “This plant is where we come from. And future at the same time.”


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Source: BMW GroupMunich. The BMW Group is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Munich main plant. The company has been manufacturing its products as “Bayerische Motoren Werke” on the premises in the Milbertshofen district since 1922. At the anniversary event, CEO Oliver Zipse emphasized: “Our main plant – right in the heart of the metropolis of Munich – has withstood the storms of time. Because there have always been people who have kept this location moving with the right feeling for the current times and, above all, with a clear view of the future.” Mayor Dieter Reiter spoke of a “strong commitment to Munich as a business location” during the ceremony .What began with aircraft engines and motorcycles led from 1952 to the production of automobiles that are still world-famous today; including icons such as the BMW Isetta, racing legends such as the M3 and, since 1975, the most successful of all BMW series: the BMW 3 Series. “Our roots are in Munich. This work is provenance. And future at the same time,” said Milan Nedeljković, Board Member for Production at BMW AG: “It’s a high-tech production site. Around 900 top-quality BMWs leave this plant every day. Five different models with all drive types. This proves the high level of flexibility, but also the enormous experience and competence of the people who work here. They are the driving force behind everything that happens here.” In the year of its 100th anniversary, the Munich plant is impressively demonstrating that it is playing a leading role in the age of electromobility: the all-electric BMW i4 already accounts for a quarter of the production volume – And the trend is rising: “Our customers’ demand for the new BMW i4 is huge – so we’re speeding up production ramp-up. Next year, every second vehicle from the Munich plant should be fully electric. According to current plans, that means more than 100,000 BMW i4s from the heart of Munich for customers all over the world,” announced Oliver Zipse. Milan Nedeljković added: “This means that the main plant will already be implementing in 2023 what the goal for the BMW Group is for 2030 worldwide, namely a BEV share of at least 50 percent.” and shows the enormous adaptability of this plant,” emphasized plant manager Peter Weber. “In less than five years, we have developed from a pure ‘combustion plant’ to the hybrid to the all-electric i4. We now manufacture five different models with all drive types on one line. This shows that this plant masters transformation and stands for change and flexibility.” In connection with the Research and Innovation Center of the BMW Group (FIZ), the Munich plant has always served as an internal competence center: this is where knowledge about processes and technologies comes from and the experience of 100 years of engine and vehicle construction to other production sites worldwide. Examples of this innovative strength are the production of the first series of the all-electric MINI E, the iconic Z8 and the electric special edition of the BMW 1602 for the 1972 Summer Olympics. And the Project i, from which the revolutionary BMW i3 emerged, also had its origins in the Munich plant .The fact that the Munich plant will continue to be a role model in the BMW Group’s production network in the future is shown by the transformation towards iFACTORY – the strategic master plan for BMW Group production with the focus on ‘lean’, ‘green’ and ‘digital’. Board Member for Production Nedeljković: “The BMW iFACTORY describes the vision of our future production and sets new standards. We are implementing them in all our plants worldwide – here in Munich as well as in our new plant in Debrecen, Hungary.” The Munich plant is also in the middle of a transformation in terms of its structures. A new body shop is being built on the site of the former paint shop, and from 2024 the company will be building a completely new assembly line for the production of the all-electric ‘New Class’ on the site of the previous engine shop. “In this way, the Munich plant remains competitive and a forward-looking production site,” emphasized Plant Manager Weber. Mayor Dieter Reiter emphasized that the plant has constantly developed in parallel with the urban residential area in the immediate vicinity and has therefore remained a valuable employer: “Especially the BMW main plant in Munich has made a significant contribution to BMW’s more than 100-year success story. For example, with the New Class in the 1960s and the 3 Series, it produced trend-setting vehicle models that were decisive for the company’s successful development,” said Reiter at the anniversary event. “I am all the more pleased that BMW wants to develop its main plant innovatively and sustainably under the motto “Urban Production” and thus takes into account the transformation processes in the industry towards electromobility and digitization. This is a strong commitment to Munich as a business location and to securing and creating jobs in our city in the long term. I would like to thank the company for this and I would like to congratulate the BMW main plant on the 100th anniversary,” said Reiter State capital Munich started in autumn 2021. The aim was to take more account of the special location of the plant in the middle of the city. To this end, the entire complex is to be designed to be visibly more accessible and open to the neighborhood. The two winning offices, OMA from Rotterdam and 3XN from Copenhagen, decided to jointly further develop their designs and presented this concept to the top-class jury last week. Your vision for the future of production at the Munich plant now serves as the basis for the development of a master plan. With the master plan and the already planned structural optimisations, the Munich plant will be based on the principles of the BMW iFACTORY. LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL. aligned. Together they guarantee maximum flexibility, excellent processes and outstanding integration capability for the coming decades at this special location – the 100-year-old main plant of the BMW Group.


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