BMW to invest £250 million in three Mini factories in UK

Written on:July 9, 2012
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BMW invests more in its UK factories

BMW is planning to invest £250 million in its three Mini factories at Oxford, Swindon and near Birmingham in the UK, safeguarding thousands of jobs.

The money will be invested in manufacturing operations by the end of 2015 at the German car maker’s plant in Oxford, steel body pressings operation at Swindon and engine plant at Hams Hall near Birmingham.

The company also announced further volume growth with up to 10 different Mini models, with the potential for additional production capacity at Oxford. The money will also be earmarked for expanding production capabilities at the steel body pressings plant in Swindon and BMW’s engine plant at Hams Hall, in the West Midlands.

BMW had announced last year that of £500 million investment and means additional job security for the 5,500 UK Mini workers. Harald Krueger, Member of the Board of Management at BMW Group, said, “A year ago we announced a further investment of £500 million in our UK production network by 2014 and today we are announcing an additional £250 million, taking us through to 2015. This brings the total to £1.75 billion since 2000.”

“Over the last 11 years, Mini has been a unique global success and the BMW Group has even greater plans for the future development of the brand. Plant Oxford has played a major role in this with cars being exported to over 100 countries around the world. This additional investment is great news for all our employees in the UK and shows the BMW Group’s commitment to Britain as a vital manufacturing base for us”, he added.

BMW has said that the Oxford plant will remain “the home and heart” of the Mini and will provide specialist advice on establishing the new facility.

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