R2.2bn boost for BMW SA
The BMW Group announced on Monday that it will invest an additional R2.2 billion at its Rosslyn plant outside Pretoria in preparation for thelatest BMW vehicle and production technology. The expansion will also increase maximum plant capacity to 87 000 from 60 000 units.
The announcement follows an agreement with the Department of Trade and Industry. The agreement is in line with the new support scheme for the motor industry, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) which replaces the current Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) in 2012.
“The BMW Group has never shied away from making decisions for the future in spite of the current tough conditions the motor industry is facing,” explains BMW South Africa Managing Director, Bodo Donauer.
“By making an announcement of this magnitude during the worst known crisis the automotive industry has faced in recent times, we not only send a positive message to our staff about the long-term sustainability of BMW South Africa, but also a positive message about the future of South Africa as a whole.”
The plant at Rosslyn currently produces the 3 Series in both left- and right-hand drive derivatives.
Almost 75% of this production volume is exported to the USA, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia.
The company also announced a Merseta-accredited training programme in support of its no retrenchment policy.