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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 global market.

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