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A place for vision: the BMW Group.
BMW i3 in Fahrt vor Skyline.
Rethinking mobility: the BMW Group.
Robots support employees in production.
A new way of working: the BMW Group.
Children discovering the BMW Group Junior Campus.
A member of society: the BMW Group.

A place for vision: the BMW Group.

BMW Group named “World’s most attractive employer” (automotive) and again takes number-one spot in Young Professionals Barometer 2020. +++ Ilka Horstmeier: “Being a highly attractive employer helps us recruit the best talents in a highly competitive market.” +++

 

Munich. The BMW Group has ranked among the leaders for employer image in both national and international comparisons for years. The company earned top positions again this year in numerous studies measuring employers’ perceived attractiveness.

The BMW Group has successfully defended its number-one spot in the Trendence Young Professionals Barometer in Germany since 2012 and came out on top for the ninth consecutive year in 2020. At the same time, a majority of students in Germany rated the BMW Group among the top companies this year, earning it second place in the business category in the Trendence Graduate Barometer 2020. The BMW Group also ranked fourth in the engineering category and sixth among young IT talents – making it the most attractive company in the automotive sector for IT graduates. The BMW Group also moved up one place from last year in the current Trendence School Leaver Barometer and now ranks fourth.

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High level of supply chain flexibility speeds up transformation towards e-mobility +++ Extensive measures to ensure compliance with environmental and social standards and secure access to many critical raw materials +++ Sustainability measures in supply chain delivering results: CO2 emissions reduced by 17% in BMW iX* +++ Wendt: “Sustainability is an integral part of all purchasing activities” +++

Munich. The BMW Group is increasingly gearing up its purchasing for future growth in e-mobility and setting new standards for sustainability. The expansion of e-mobility makes value creation in the supplier network more important than ever, both with respect to CO2 emissions and sourcing of so-called critical raw materials, like those needed for producing battery cells.

“We believe sustainability is an integral part of all purchasing activities. So, as we accommodate the planned growth in electrified vehicles in the supplier network, we are at the same time integrating our sustainability requirements into all contract awards. In this way, we are taking sustainable development to the next level. Particularly as a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability and take responsibility,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. 

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Zipse: “Third-quarter performance underlines BMW Group’s operational strength” +++ Peter: “We are in an intense cost competition” +++ Profit before tax in Q3 rises to approximately € 2.5 billion +++ Return on sales of 9.4% in Q3 +++ Free cash flow in Q3 exceeds € 3 billion +++ EBIT margin for Automotive segment within 2020 target range for nine-month period +++ E-autos to be manufactured at all German plants by 2022

 

Munich. The BMW Group increased sales volume and net profit in the third quarter of 2020 and, at the nine-month stage, is on track to meet its targets for the full year. The BMW Group was able to benefit during the third quarter from regional upturns in demand as well as from the attractive model portfolio on offer to customers. At the same time, cost efficiency and cash management remain decisive factors in coping with the ongoing impact of the corona pandemic in its varying regional forms to the best possible extent.

“The third-quarter performance underlines the BMW Group’s operational strength and ability to perform well within a challenging environment. We improved Group earnings compared to one year earlier and are therefore firmly on track towards achieving our targets for the full year. We manage our day-to-day operations closely, taking regional fluctuations in demand into account, and can respond to changing market situations at any time,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in Munich on Wednesday. In this way, the Group generated profit before tax in the region of € 2.5 billion in the third quarter. Free cash flow in the Automotive segment was in excess of € 3 billion. “We are shaping the transformation of our industry from a position of strength and are very well positioned for the years to come. At the same time, we are already strategically and technologically aligning the Group for the period after 2025 – including key aspects such as vehicle architectures and planning for vehicle production by plant.”

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BMW Group key figures.

126016
employees (2019).
113719
(90.2%) employees in Automotive segment (2019).
3503
(2.8%) employees in the Motorcycles segment (2019).
8684
(6.9%) employees in the Financial Services segment (2019).
4801
apprentices (2019).
192646
electrified vehicles delivered (BEV + PHEV) (2020).
31
production locations in 15 countries (2019).
2300000
automobiles delivered to customers (2020). (BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars)
169000
Motorcycles delivered (2020).
104210000000
euros revenue (2019).

Who we are.

BMW Group Prototyp Hydrogen Fuel Cell.

The BMW Group company profile.

The special fascination of the BMW Group not only lies in its products and technology, but also in the company’s history, written by inventors, pioneers and brilliant designers. Today, the BMW Group, with its 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries as well as a global sales network, is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles, and provider of premium financial and mobility services.

Interior of BMW vehicle without driver, with motion blur.

Production today and tomorrow.

The BMW Group sets trends in production technology and sustainability as an innovation leader with an intelligent material mix, a technological shift towards digitalisation and resource-efficient production. At the same time, flexibility and continuous optimisation of value chains ensure competitiveness.

Artwork zur Technologie Efficient Dynamics.

Sustainability: the guiding principle for all our actions.

Long-term thinking and responsible action are the basis of economic success. Ecological and social sustainability, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources are therefore an integral part of our strategy. With Efficient Dynamics, the BMW Group consistently implements the principle of sustainable mobility and is steadily reducing its vehicles’ fuel consumption and emissions.

Production today and tomorrow.

Karosserieteile in der BMW Produktion.

The BMW Group sets trends in production technology and sustainability as an innovation leader with an intelligent material mix, a technological shift towards digitalisation and resource-efficient production. At the same time, flexibility and continuous optimisation of value chains ensure competitiveness.

Five BMW Group milestones.

BMW was founded in 1919 as a manufacturer of aircraft engines.
1916 Establishment of BMW.

BMW can trace its roots back to Karl Rapp and Gustav Otto. In 1916, the Flugmaschinenfabrik Gustav Otto company had merged into Bayerische Flugzeug-Werke AG (BFW) at government behest. Elsewhere, in 1917, the Rapp Motorenwerke company became Bayerische Motoren Werke GmbH, which was duly converted into an AG (public limited company) in 1918. BMW AG subsequently transferred its engine construction operations – including the company and brand names – to BFW in 1922. The date of BFW’s founding, 7 March 1916, has therefore gone down in history as the foundation date of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG.

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Snapshot showing production of the first BMW motorcycle in 1923.
1923 BMW R 32 – the first BMW motorcycle.

BMW announced its first motorcycle, the R 32, to great excitement in 1923. Until then the company had only supplied engines rather than complete vehicles. The basic concept of the original BMW Motorrad model – a boxer engine with longitudinally positioned cylinders and shaft drive –continues to be employed in the company’s motorcycles to this day.

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BMW presented the 501 in 1951.
1951 The BMW 501 – the first post-war BMW car.

BMW's first post-war automobile was the 501, built from 1952 onwards. A large saloon capable of seating up to six people, it was powered by an enhanced version of the six-cylinder engine used in the pre-war BMW 326. As a luxury car, the BMW 501 was not a commercial success, but it nevertheless restored BMW's status as a manufacturer of high-quality cars.

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BMW launches production in South Africa.
1972 BMW starts up in South Africa.

The Rosslyn plant near Pretoria, South Africa, became the first production location outside of Germany for the modern BMW Group. In 1972, the BMW Board of Management decided to take over the entire Rosslyn facility constructed by the local importer. Assembly of the Glas 1800 SA model had started in 1967 and was later followed by the BMW 2000 SA. After major investments, production of BMW 3 Series vehicles was launched there at the beginning of 1984.

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The BMW Group opened BMW Welt in Munich in 2007.
2007 Strategy Number ONE.

Strategy Number ONE aligns the BMW Group with two targets: to be profitable and to enhance long-term value – from a technological, structural and cultural perspective. The mission statement up to the year 2020 is to become the world’s leading provider of premium products and premium services for individual mobility.

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  • 1923
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  • 1972
  • 2007

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