Follow us


BMW expands SUV factory: 200 million investment

BMW announces a $ 200 million investment to upgrade its Spartanburg, South Carolina factory.

The Spartanburg (South Carolina) plant will retain an important role in BMW strategies. Constituted to produce the 3 Series E36, currently every SUV in the range is created at the center, from the X3 to the X7, which are then exported all over the world. The Casa dell’Elica will always rely on the plant, so much so that it will invest over 200 million dollars .

This figure will go to a new 20,000 square meter print center , which will create more than 200 jobs . The facility will take three years to build and, according to the company’s ambitions, will be inaugurated by the summer of 2024 . The purpose of the line is to allow the internal realization of the panels to be installed on German crossovers. The news comes just a few months after the expansion of the $ 100 million storage and training factory.

Speaking on the matter during the South Carolina Automotive Summit in Greenville was the President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, Robert Engelhorn , who said: “ The BMW Group is known worldwide for the exceptional quality achieved by its printing centers . . We are thrilled to add this new technology to the Spartanburg plant. L This investment strengthens the BMW Group’s commitment to the United States and South Carolina. We continue to play an important role in the region’s economic strength as well as workforce development and in job training “.

The molding process

The print shop will use a stamping process for the sheet metal parts , to be inserted into the line as coils of raw steel. The operators will cut them into empty templates before starting the pressing. The panels to be merged will be the fenders, the four doors and the sides of the body. BMW claims it will need highly skilled and productive personnel.