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Flexible. Efficient. Innovative.

Insights into BMW Group production.

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BMW i.

Production video of a MINI.


Production video of a BMW motorcycle.

BMW Motorcycle.

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BMW employee working with a tool on a BMW rear end.

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We set the benchmark for production.

Robotic arm helps employees in BMW production.

When there’s heavy work to be done, robots lend employees a helping hand.

We use ergonomic solutions and innovative technologies to minimise the strain on our staff.

Connected, flexible and autonomous production logistics

Connected, flexible and autonomous production logistics.

The BMW Group is increasingly relying on innovations from the fields of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 in production logistics.
The focus is on applications such as logistics robots, autonomous transport systems at plants and digitalisation projects for an end-to-end supply chain. 

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Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing).

At the BMW Group, the use of 3D-printed components is on the rise.
Over the last decade alone, the company produced a million parts by this innovative method. 

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Technology supports people.

Innovative automation and state-of-the-art assistance systems offer great potential for workstations. As a result, it will be possible to further reduce ergonomically unfavourable and strenuous tasks, giving workers an opportunity to apply their unique cognitive skills to the best effect.

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Focusing on production: our mission.

Opening ceremony at the new BMW Group Plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico


The BMW Group aims to achieve a global balance in its production between Asia, the Americas and Europe. Its production system is characterised by unparalleled flexibility, a high level of efficiency and robust processes, enabling the company to respond quickly to market changes and regional sales fluctuations. The BMW Group production network comprises a total of 31 locations in 15 countries. Across its production network, the BMW Group implements innovative technologies from digitalisation and Industry 4.0, standardised processes and intelligent composite construction. The production system ensures consistent premium quality and offers a high level of customisation. MINI customers, for instance, have the option of configuring selected components to individual specifications and preferences. To ensure long-term capacity utilisation across the production network, with the ability to respond quickly and flexibly to customer wishes, the BMW Group’s strategy is to integrate production of fully and partially electrified vehicles into the existing production system. In Europe, each BMW Group automotive plant will also produce electrified vehicles in the future. The opening ceremony for the BMW Group’s newest plant was held in June 2019 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.

Man polishing a BMW body part.


Quality from the outset: The same standards for quality, safety and careful use of resources apply at all production sites within the BMW Group’s international production network. Innovative production technologies and employees’ high level of expertise guarantee that more than 20,000 individual parts can be turned into premium vehicles “made by BMW”. The flexible and innovative production at BMW Group plants is geared towards customer benefit, making it possible to meet individual customer wishes on schedule, swiftly and flexibly. The required processes are very complex and can only be run within highly flexible structures – both issues the BMW Group masters well.

Aerial view of BMW Group Plant Leipzig.


Sustainability by design: clean production. Economic success, responsible use of resources and social responsibility are the pillars of lasting growth and a continuous increase in company value. The BMW Group has firmly established consideration of ecological and social criteria along the entire value chain, as well as a clear commitment to the conservation of resources. The BMW Group aims to be the leading, most resource-efficient premium provider of individual mobility. For this reason, the company has adopted consistent group-wide environmental management, considering environmental aspects early in investment decisions and continuously monitoring environmental KPIs, as well as the achievement of ambitious targets. Furthermore, tried-and-tested approaches are transferred to the entire production network.


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Production achievements: carbon fibre.

The BMW Group is the first automobile manufacturer worldwide to use lightweight carbon in large-series production. The benefits of carbon are clear, especially for electro-mobility, where it fully offsets the additional weight of the battery.

BMW driver‘s cab made of carbon fibre; drawing with density of steel (7.85 kg/dm3), aluminium (2.71kg/dm3) and carbon (1.80 kg/dm3)
The BMW Group is the first automobile manufacturer worldwide  to use lightweight carbon in large series production.

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Carbon fibre is almost exclusively made of pure carbon with a stable graphite structure? With a diameter of just seven micrometres (0.007 millimetres), it is much thinner than a human hair, which measures around 50 micrometers.

View of the BMW Group Partner plant in Araquari.

BMW Group Plant Araquari, Brazil.

In December 2013, the BMW Group hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for a new plant in Araquari (State of Santa Catarina) in Southern Brazil. The new plant in Brazil that went on stream in October 2014 is a crucial element in the BMW Group’s international production network, contributing significantly to the BMW Group’s profitable and globally balanced growth. The production infrastructure comprises the technologies body shop, paint shop and assembly. At present, the product range of the Brazilian plant comprises the MINI Countryman, diverse models of BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series and BMW X models. In 1995, the company founded its National Sales Organization, followed in 1999 by the setup of a Financial Sales Company for Brazil.

Inside the BMW Group production facility in Berlin.

BMW Group Motorcycle Plant Berlin.

The plant in Berlin has one of the longest histories of all the BMW Group’s production sites. Just like at the parent plant in Munich, BMW’s Berlin site began with aircraft engine production in 1939; motorcycle parts were added to the portfolio in 1949. Twenty years later, in 1969, the entire motorcycle production was moved from Munich to Berlin. Today, the plant in Berlin produces up to 800 motorcycles a day of the currently 25 different model series, as well as maxi-scooters. Since 1979, the team of about 2,000 employees has also made components for BMW’s automotive production, such as brake disks for various BMW car models. 
In 2016, more than 140,000 motorcycles were produced, including around 9,000 kits for BMW Group motorcycle assembly plants in Thailand and Brazil. During peak season, a new motorcycle rolls off the production lines about every 65 seconds. 

About 80 percent of all BMW motorcycles and maxi-scooters made in Berlin are exported to more than 130 countries. This is why BMW Motorrad is expanding its network of international production sites. Within the established international network with assembly sites in Brazil and Thailand as well as contract production in India, Berlin serves as the lead plant and the strong backbone of BMW’s global motorcycle production.

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View of the BMW Group Partner plant in Chennai.

BMW Group Plant Chennai, India.

The BMW Group’s assembly plant in Chennai, India, was set up in 2007. Located in the region of Mahindra World City, about 40 Kilometer northwest of Chennai in Southwestern India, the site comprises about 13,000 square meters. State-of-the-art systems engineering, more than 600 highly qualified employees and sophisticated manufacturing processes: these are the prerequisites for the production of premium cars in keeping with supreme quality standards. At present, the product range of the Indian plant comprises the MINI Countryman, diverse models of BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series and BMW X models for the local market.

Aerial view of the BMW Group production facility in Dingolfing.

BMW Group Plant Debrecen.

BMW Group welcomes the new site of Debrecen within the BMW Group production network.

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Aerial view of the BMW Group production facility in Dingolfing.

BMW Group Plant Dingolfing.

BMW Plant Dingolfing is one of the BMW Group’s largest production sites worldwide. Every day, approx. 1,500 vehicles of the BMW 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Series roll off the assembly line at the Automotive Plant 2.4. At present, the plant employs a permanent staff of around 17,500 and 800 apprentices. Besides automotive core production, the site also makes vehicle components such as pressed parts and seats, as well as chassis and drivetrain components. Due to the body shop’s outstanding expertise in processing aluminum and the many years of experience in building alternative drives, BMW Plant Dingolfing also supplies Plant Leipzig with key components for the new BMW i models, such as high-voltage batteries, e-transmissions and the Drive structure. The plant also makes all bodies-in-white for Rolls-Royce. The site’s Dynamic Centre, a large-scale storage unit and trans-shipment point, provides original BMW parts and equipment to the global BMW and MINI dealership organisation.

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Outside view of the BMW Group production facility in Eisenach.

BMW Group Plant Eisenach.

In 1990, the BMW Group decided to establish a factory for large press tools in a place with a rich production history, Eisenach. In operation since 1992, the plant now employs close to 250 people. At the Eisenach site, the BMW Group produces tools for the production of medium-sized and large sheet steel body parts, such as front lids, doors, fenders and roofs. The site’s range also includes mechanisations, flanging tools, engineering services, design models, the production of prototyping tools and parts as well as small series pressing. On top of that, the team in Eisenach manufactures body shell parts from sheet steel, aluminum and high-grade steel for the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant in Goodwood/UK, as well as parts for BMW’s motorcycle production in Berlin. Innovative issues, such as aluminum stretch forming, hydro-mechanical forming and volume-optimised tools round out the range of tasks. The plant in Eisenach benefits from a consistent process chain, ranging from design consulting to the finished tool. Accordingly, the production site strategically applies all possibilities offered by high-tech, from stretch simulation to high-speed cutting (HSC treatment).

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Outside view of the BMW Group production facility in Hams Hall.

BMW Group Plant Hams Hall.

BMW Plant Hams Hall is located in the UK, near to Birmingham City Centre. First opened in 2001, the plant employs around 1,000 people, producing the latest generation of three and four cylinder petrol engines, as well as machining key engine components in our advanced, high-tech machining hall.
Investment in recent years has ensured the site remains state-of-the-art enabling the plant to grow and play an increasing role in BMW Group’s global production network.
The plant has built over four million engines that power vehicles across the BMW Group product range - for BMW and MINI, a growing number of hybrid vehicles and including the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.

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Aerial view of the BMW Group production facility in Landshut.

BMW Group Plant Landshut.

At BMW Group Plant Landshut, about 4,100 employees produce engine and chassis components made of cast light metal, plastic components for the vehicle exterior, carbon body components, cockpit parts and equipment, electric drive systems, spare and replacement engines and drive shafts.
These components are delivered to all automobile and engine plants of the BMW Group worldwide. The components manufactured at BMW Plant Landshut are used in virtually all BMW Group vehicles: from MINI to BMW to Rolls-Royce.

As a competence center for future technologies like lightweight construction and electro-mobility, the plant is involved in the early stages of new vehicle development. The center of competence in Lower Bavaria also produces essential components for the innovative BMW i models and the new BMW 7 Series. In addition, the new BMW Group Lightweight Design and Engineering Center is based in Landshut. Here, specialists from different fields work in collaboration and do research on innovative high tech materials as well as bespoke intelligent composite construction and production methods for the automobiles of the future.

Currently about 120 young people are undergoing training in seven different technical professions at the plant’s business and information centre.
As an important partner within the region, BMW Group Plant Landshut exercises its social responsibility and supports various non-profit organisations and events.

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Outside view of the central BMW Group production building.

BMW Group Plant Leipzig.

The BMW Group’s Leipzig plant is one of the world’s most modern and sustainable car factories, setting new standards with its architecture: the body shop, paint shop and assembly are grouped under one roof, arranged like the points of a star around the central building designed by Zaha Hadid, which has won a host of architectural awards. Another special feature is the floor plan of the assembly hall: thanks to its finger or comb structure, supplier parts can be fed to the assembly line directly from the outside just- in-sequence. Since March 2005, Leipzig has built BMW cars for customers all over the world with a current production capacity of almost 1,400 cars daily. In Leipzig, the BMW Group not only produces conventional vehicles, but also vehicles with an electric drive and lightweight carbon-fibre body. The plant’s product range comprises the BMW 1 Series 5-door, BMW 2 Series Coupé, BMW 2 Series Convertible, BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW M2 Coupé, BMW i3 and BMW i8. With BMW i production, the site has taken sustainability to the next level: the specific water consumption has been reduced by 70 percent, energy consumption by 50 percent.

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Aerial view of the BMW Group production facility in Munich.

BMW Group Plant Munich.

Established in 1922, the plant in Munich is the BMW Group’s parent plant. Initially, the site produced BMW aircraft engines and motorcycles; automotive production started in 1952. Since then, more than 10 million cars have rolled off the assembly lines. Today, the plant combines supreme engineering and innovative strength with the passion of around 8,000 employees from over 50 nations for the BMW brand and the company. It is situated in the north of Munich, directly next to the Group’s headquarters, the BMW Museum, BMW Welt and the FIZ Research and Innovation Centre. At present, around 1.000 cars roll off the assembly lines every workday, including units of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the BMW 3 Series Touring, the BMW 3 Series Plug-in-Hybrid, the BMW 4 Series Coupé and the BMW M4 Coupé. 

Besides automotive core production, engine production has long been a core competence of the Munich site; more than 2,000 engines are produced per workday. The engine range comprises BMW 3-, 4-, 8- and 12-cylinder petrol engines, BMW 6-cylinder diesel engines, as well as 8-cylinder high-performance engines for the BMW M models.

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Aerial view of the BMW Group production facility in Oxford.

BMW Group Plant Oxford.

Oxford is the heart of the British production triangle that also includes the plants in Swindon and Hams Hall. Plant Oxford currently produces the MINI 3-door and 5-door Hatch, the MINI Clubman and the MINI John Cooper Works.
In 2019 a fully electric MINI based on the 3-Door Hatch will join the MINI line up at Plant Oxford. The success of the MINI brand is clearly reflected in the positive development of the Oxford site since 2001: Back then, the approx. 2,400 workers produced about 300 MINIs a day in one-shift operations. Today, the plant employs around 4,000 people who make up to 1,000 MINI vehicles a day in three-shift operations. All in all, over three million MINI cars have rolled off the assembly line so far. Since 2000, the BMW Group has invested a total of 1.75 billion pounds in its British sites. Between 2012 and 2015 alone, the BMW Group has invested 750 million pounds in the British production sites in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall.

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BMW Group Plant Rayong, Thailand.

The Rayong-based assembly plant of BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand opened in 2000. Spanning about 75,000 square meters, the plant is located on Thailand’s eastern coast, in the Amata City Industrial Park (Rayong Province), about 115 kilometers from Bangkok. At the assembly plant in Rayong, approx. 400 workers make a wide range of models – the MINI Countryman, diverse models of BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series and BMW X models. In addition, the plant produces BMW motorcycle models, making Rayong the only plant in the global production network that produces products of the brands BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad.

Aerial view of the BMW Group production facility in Regensburg.

BMW Group Plant Regensburg.

In the 1980s, with the success of the BMW 3 Series, the BMW Group’s production capacities had to be expanded. This resulted in the decision to establish a site in Regensburg that started production in 1986. Today, the BMW Group’s Regensburg plant employs around 9,000 people who build approx. 1,400 BMW cars per workday. Since the plant went on-stream, more than 7 million vehicles rolled off the assembly line; the product portfolio includes the BMW 1 Series 3-door and 5-door models, the BMW 2 Series Grand Tourer, the BMW 4 Series Convertible, the BMW M4 Convertible, the BMW X1 and the BMW X2.

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Aerial view of the BMW Group production facility in Rosslyn.

BMW Group Plant Rosslyn.

Plant Rosslyn near Pretoria was the first site outside of Germany for today’s BMW Group. After 35 years, the last BMW 3 Series Sedan rolled off the production line end of February 2018. The plant has produced a total of 1,191,604 units and five generations of the BMW 3 Series. Since spring 2018 plant Rosslyn produces the BMW X3, in addition to its production at US plant Spartanburg.

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Inside the BMW Group production facility in San Luis Potosi.

BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosí

The new automotive plant in San Luis Potosí, which officially opened in June 2019, is set apart by its use of innovative technologies in production. The plant was designed from the start to be able to respond quickly and flexibly to future model variants and production volumes.

The plant also sets new sustainability benchmarks: From the first full year of production, it will be the BMW Group’s most resource-efficient plant, with particularly low water consumption. The use of renewable energy sources ensures that the plant will be supplied with 100% CO2-free electricity in the future. A solar energy plant on site, covering an area of more than 70,000 m2, will produce part of the energy.

At an innovative new training centre on the plant grounds, all new staff and apprentices are trained in the BMW Group’s latest production processes and technologies, based on the dual vocational training model.

San Luis Potosi will build the BMW brand’s most successful model series: the BMW 3 Series Sedan, with a capacity of up to 175,000 units per year once the ramp-up phase is fully completed.

Grand Opening

Aerial view of San Luis

Aerial view of San Luis

Employee in production

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Inside the BMW Group production facility in Spartanburg.

BMW Group Plant Spartanburg.

BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina, USA, is the best example of the successful strategy of “production follows the market”. The plant has produced more than 4 million vehicles for BMW customers worldwide, since going online on 8 September 1994. Plant Spartanburg produces the following models: BMW X3, X4, X5, X5 M, X6, X6 M, X7 and the plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive45e iPerformance – a total of around 1,400 vehicles per day.

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Inside the BMW Group production facility in Steyr.

BMW Group Plant Steyr.

Established in 1979, the production site in Upper Austria is the BMW Group’s largest engine plant. It is also the group-wide development centre for BMW diesel engines. At the Steyr site, three, four and six-cylinder diesel engines and three and six-cylinder petrol engines, including high-performance engines for the BMW M models, roll off the assembly lines. Every workday, about 2,800 employees produce up to 5,000 engines. The BMW Group’s total investment at the engine production site in Steyr currently stands at close to 5.5 billion euros.

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Inside the BMW Group production facility in Swindon.

BMW Group Plant Swindon.

Swindon Pressings Limited was founded in 1955 by Pressed Steel Company. In 2000, the BMW Group acquired the company as a full subsidiary. Located about 90 minutes west of London, the press shop is equipped with highly complex press lines and pre-assembly facilities. In Swindon, about 800 employees manufacture high-quality pressed parts and complex body components such as doors and lids.

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Inside the BMW Group production facility in Tiexi.

BMW Brilliance Automotive Plants Shenyang, China (joint venture).

BMW cars have been rolling off the assembly line at the Shenyang site in Northeast China since 2004. Plant Shenyang is operated by a joint venture with Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Limited and solely produces vehicles for the Chinese market. The production site in Shenyang comprises the Dadong plant in Northeast Shenyang, which makes the BMW 5 Series long-wheelbase version, and the Tiexi plant in West Shenyang in the Chinese province of Liaoning, which went on-stream in 2012 and produces the BMW X1, BMW 3 Series long-wheelbase version, BMW 3 Series Sedan and ZINORO cars. Another part of the Shenyang production site is a stand-alone engine plant that supplies both vehicle plants, Dadong and Tiexi, with the powertrains for the BMW vehicles made there. 

The joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive has invested a total of one billion euros in building the Tiexi plant and in expanding Dadong.

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Inside the BMW Group production facility in Wackersdorf.

BMW Group Plant Wackersdorf (at the Wackersdorf Innovation Park).

In 1990, the BMW Group began producing car bodies for the BMW 3 Series Convertible in Wackersdorf. Today, the site in Wackersdorf is home to BMW cockpit production, BMW foreign plants supply and additional suppliers. Every day, BMW cockpit production makes up to 4,000 dashboards for the BMW 1, 2, 3 and 4 Series. The Wackersdorf Supply Center is a major logistics hub for the BMW Group. From here, more than 2.5 million parts are sent to partners in the production network every day, providing the BMW Group’s foreign plants and further assembly partners on four continents with vehicle parts. The supplier companies manufacture components for the BMW Group’s plant in Regensburg as well as for the BMW Group’s production network. Moreover, the joint venture SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers (ACF) in Wackersdorf makes carbon fiber laminates for the BMW i models. All in all, about 3,000 people work for a variety of companies at the Wackersdorf Innovation Park, including more than 700 BMW Group employees.

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Outside view of the BMW Group production facility in Goodwood.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

At the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant in Goodwood, close to 1,200 highly skilled experts make Rolls-Royce vehicles according to customer specifications. Production comprises the Rolls-Royce models Phantom, Phantom Drophead Coupé, Phantom Coupé, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn. The longstanding tradition of hand-making automobiles is complemented by state-of-the-art precision tools and technologies, ensuring an unparalleled level of quality.

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Outside view of the BMW Group production facility in Thailand.

BMW Group partner plants.

Access to new markets with long-term growth potential.

Besides making vehicles, the local production units are responsible for tapping into and/or expanding new markets: Local production sites facilitate access to new markets with long-term growth potential. This is the strategy the BMW Group primarily pursues in markets where high customs duties impede the import of finished vehicles, and thus further market penetration. Local partner plants allow the BMW Group to offer products at competitive prices in these markets as well, making the company a “local player”. Currently, five partner plants put together cars and motorcycles from imported parts kits and add locally produced components. The BMW Group’s foreign partner sites include Kaliningrad (Russia), Cairo (Egypt), Jakarta (Indonesia), Kulim (Malaysia) and a motorcycle partner plant in Manaus (Brazil).

Inside a BMW Group contract manufacturing facility.

Contract manufacturing – in Graz, Austria, and Born, The Netherlands.


External production partners relieve the load on internal structures.
In order to launch certain products even faster and to gain a competitive edge, the BMW Group draws on additional capacities at external production partners, such as Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik in Graz, Austria, or at VDL Nedcar in Born, Netherlands. These collaborations take some of the workload off the Group’s structures, create leeway and provide valuable competitive advantages. In line with the corporate philosophy, brand-defining expertise, control and assessment authority in design, engine production, testing, purchasing, and service remains with the BMW Group.