June 7, 2023

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BMW spending $200m to add press shop in South Carolina

BMW claimed it would invest $200m to assemble a 219,000 sq. foot push store at its South Carolina plant.

The investment decision will generate 200 new careers. The announcement was designed by BMW Manufacturing president and CEO Robert Engelhorn at the South Carolina Automotive Summit in Greenville.

The new press store, which will get started generation in the summer season of 2024, will just take uncooked coils of metal, reduce them into blanks, and stamp sheet metallic areas for foreseeable future BMW types. People components contain cling-on areas such as the vehicle’s four doorways, fenders, exterior human body sides, and liftgate.

“The BMW Group is recognised around the world for the excellent high quality created by its push shops. We are thrilled to insert this new technological innovation to Plant Spartanburg,” said Engelhorn. “This investment decision reinforces BMW’s determination in the United States and South Carolina. We carry on to participate in a big job in the region’s economic energy as perfectly as workforce development and position training.”

Push shop work incorporate tool and die professionals, electrical and mechanical upkeep for automated equipment, and specialised line operators. All-around 45 Spartanburg employees are currently training at team push shops in Leipzig, Germany, and Swindon, England. These folks also teach with personnel from the Schuler Team which can make automated servo press lines for all BMW vegetation.

Spartanburg’s press line will consist of 5 push (stamping) stations. The line will be outfitted with servo technological innovation which allows a sizeable boost in output. The press line is able of managing up to 18 strokes for every minute. Just after the elements are stamped, they go to excellent command for inspection and are then stacked into racks all set for supply to the physique shop manufacturing line.

“Having a push store onsite is portion of BMW’s localisation system wherever we create our important sections at the site in which we will need them,” explained Engelhorn.

When Schuler will manufacture the automated press line, all tooling for Spartanburg’s press store will appear from BMW outlets in Eisenach, Munich, and Dingolfing.

Given that 1992, BMW Team has invested $12bn in its South Carolina operations whih now create 1,500 cars every single day. The plant exports 60% of output to about 120 markets. For 8 consecutive several years, it has been the largest exporter by worth in the US.