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Expansion of BMW Plant Leipzig
Press shop with extended component
production hall in place by 2009
Leipzig, Germany - The BMW Plant
Leipzig is to spread its wings under an expansion project
scheduled for completion in 2009. Over the next two years a
press shop including a component manufacturing wing for doors,
bonnets and boot lids will take shape at the plant. The new
production halls are expected to create 150 extra jobs, with
predicted investment of over 100 million euros channelled into
the plant. Construction work on the new halls is due to commence
in late 2007.
As things stand, Leipzig sources
the individual parts it needs to produce complete bodies from
other BMW plants and external suppliers. In the future, however,
it will be able to manufacture these parts itself.
To this end, the plant's new press
shop will contain a six-stage press in which metal panels are moulded into the desired forms through up
to six consecutive working processes. The second new area - the
component manufacturing hall - will house the production of
doors, bonnets and boot lids as part of a natural expansion of
the existing body construction facility.
The licensing procedure stipulated
under federal environmental protection legislation will be
implemented by the Leipzig regional council. The new production
machinery is not expected to place any additional burden on the
environment. It goes without saying that noise limits, for
example, will be observed. Another positive side effect of the
new press shop will be a reduction in logistics expenditure,
which will see fewer truck deliveries required into the plant.
Daily production at the BMW Plant
Leipzig currently runs at approximately 700 vehicles. The BMW 3
Series Saloon, three-door BMW 1 Series and new BMW 1 Series
Coupé all roll off the assembly line at the plant. The two 1
Series variants are produced exclusively at Leipzig for the