Bmw to expand Spartanburg plant
Bmw, the Bavarian car manufacturer is aiming to invest $750 million in an expansion of its Spartanburg plant, a move that could raise the production from 160,000 units to 240,000 units by 2012. Bmw is planning to expand the plant in size by 60%, from 140,000 m² to 370,000 m², and to create 500 new jobs.
After this expansion is finalized, the Spartanburg plant will manufacture the Bmw X3, X5 and the brand new Sports Activity Coupe (SAC), the X6. According to Bmw’s Board Member , Mr. Frank-Peter Arndt this plant will enable the manufacturer to work even more efficiently and to increase production capacity in its largest market.
The plant will be finished in 3 years and will include a new 112,000 m² assembly line to accomodate the next generation of the Bmw X3. Also, the boost in production capacity will have a positive impact over the logistics, suppliers and distribution networks that support the manufacturing processes.
The success of the Spartanburg plant can easily be seen in numbers, as the production of the plant has grown from 429 units in 1994, the first year of production, to 157,530 by the end of 2007. One thing is sure, that after the plant is finished in 2012 it will definetely cover the demand of Bmw vehicles accross the globe and why not help Bmw to become one of the first manufacturers in the world.