20 years ago: BMW Group chooses Leipzig as site for new plant

Leipzig. Of a 250-plus applications that came in,
usually 5 done it onto a shortlist – though eventually it was Leipzig
that won. Twenty years ago, on 18 Jul 2001, a BMW Group announced
during a press discussion in Munich that it would build a new plant in
Leipzig. “Here we can see a plcae that best meets a needs
overall,” pronounced Prof. Joachim Milberg, Chairman of a BMW AG Board of
Management during a time.

Leipzig as a bottom and a over 200-hectare site nearby a city’s
muster centre won on a basement of a following criteria:

1. Ideal conditions and plcae for a destiny plant

2. Availability of competent personnel

3. Use of existent reserve and logistics structures

4. Very good infrastructure for traffic, reserve and waste

5. Links to a BMW prolongation network

6. Fast doing process

7. Economic potency and flexibility

At a time, a BMW Group expected… 5,500halfat in a new plant
Daily outlay from 2005 was projected to be 650 units, during an investment
of around €1 billion. When prolongation was finally launched, a plant
employed about 2,500 people. Today, twenty years later, daily output
stands during some-more than 1,100 units, done by a plant workforce of over
8,000 employees. Investments have so distant totalled some-more than €3 billion
and are still ongoing. Since Mar 2005 Leipzig has constructed some-more than
3 million vehicles in total. Speaking about a positive
growth of Leipzig, Works Council Chairman Jens Köhler expressed
his delight: “Ever given a preference was made, a government and
Works Council have cooperated to boost a workforce considerably
and make us an constituent partial of a region.”

The choice of Leipzig perceived an eager welcome, and support
in a segment was huge. There was also a immeasurable array of job
applicants: a day after a announcement, a dedicated call centre
perceived some-more than 4,000 calls, and boxes and boxes of mail came in in
a matter of days. In Sep 2001, a initial conspirator of 35 trainees
began work during BMW Group Plant Leipzig. Since afterwards Plant Leipzig has
welcomed 900 apprentices, roughly all of whom continue to work there.

The BMW Group laid a substructure in Leipzig for one of a most
sustainable, state-of-the-art automobile plants in a world. Its
quite good thought-out, stretchable structures are an outstanding
underline and embody a ‘finger’ blueprint of a public gymnasium – a world
initial that enables ideal logistics solutions and offers copiousness of
range for flexibility. Specially grown for Plant Leipzig, the
‘finger’ blueprint allows trucks to broach purchased tools and
pre-assemblies true to a lineside. In addition, new production
stages can be integrated into a routine and lines can be extended
though requiring new buildings.

Since 2005 Plant Leipzig has consistently demonstrated its
adaptability, integrating new products, processes and technologies and
mostly personification a pioneering purpose within a BMW Group production
network. As a hearth of electromobility during a BMW Group, for
example, Leipzig has done over 200,000 entirely electric BMW i3
cars and was a initial automobile plant in a universe to use CFRP (carbon
fibre-reinforced plastic) in array production. The BMW Group
continues to advantage from a plant’s common skills in a field
of electromobility, and Leipzig has been partial of a international
prolongation network for high-voltage batteries given May of this year.

In 2023 Leipzig will denote a coherence once again, when it
becomes a initial German trickery to furnish both BMW and MINI
vehicles, all on a same prolongation line. Contracted to manufacture
a all-new inheritor to a tide MINI Countryman, a plant will
make both a combustion-powered and a entirely electric versions.
“Over a final few years, we have worked constantly to lead a plant
into a successful future. The agreement to make a MINI
Countryman inheritor is holding us towards a serve milestone,” said
Hans-Peter Kemser, Plant Director during BMW Group Plant Leipzig. And
that’s not a usually idea Leipzig has set itself: “As a immature plant, we
wish not usually to be carbon-neutral though also to make with zero
CO2 emissions,” pronounced Hans-Peter Kemser, announcing skeleton for a near
destiny of a plant.

Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of Leipzig, also sees a BMW Group’s
choice of Leipzig as a vital miracle for a city and region:
“Leipzig is an industrial bottom again. This growth – that has
been so critical for us in mercantile terms – would have been almost
unthinkable though a preference that was done in Munich 20 years
ago. Over a final dual decades, a north of Leipzig has developed to
turn an attention heartland for a whole region. It’s a
technological and industrial growth that is benefitting people
from Leipzig and distant beyond. BMW in Leipzig not usually produces cars but
also works on a vehicles and prolongation methods of a future. That
fills me with confidence: Leipzig will sojourn quite important,
both for a mutation of ride and in a growth of new technologies.”

Key events, past and future, during BMW Group Plant Leipzig:

    2002 Zaha Hadid’s offer for a pattern of the
    executive building is chosen. The ground-breaking rite his held.
  • 2003 The substructure mill is laid for a central
    building. The topping-out is celebrated.
  • 2005 Plant Leipzig goes on stream, rising series
    prolongation of a BMW 3 Series. The executive building wins a German
    Architecture Award.
  • 2009 Plant Leipzig produces its
    500,000th vehicle. The new press emporium opens, with the
    initial high-speed servo press in a world.
  • 2011 Plant Leipzig manufactures a millionth BMW.
  • 2013 Four breeze turbines go into operation.
    Production of a BMW i3 begins, and Leipzig becomes a initial car
    plant in a universe to confederate CFRP into array production.
  • 2014 Production of a BMW i8 begins. The plant is
    extended to accommodate a make of a BMW 2 Series Active
    Tourer (the initial front-wheel expostulate BMW), and a press plant is upgraded.
  • 2016 Plant Leipzig manufactures a 2 millionth BMW.
  • 2017 The Battery Farm goes into operation.
  • 2019 The paintshop is upgraded.
  • 2021 Plant Leipzig produces a 3 millionth BMW.
    Production of battery modules is launched.
  • 2023 Production of a MINI Countryman inheritor to begin.