December 4, 2023

The heart of the BMW Group beats at Plant Munich.

This constant change shows what the main plant in Munich is all about: this location has always had the future firmly in its sights; this is where the heart of the BMW Group beats. Processes and technologies reach other production sites around the world in conjunction with the BMW Group Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ). Project i, the think tank for sustainable mobility of the future, from which the BMW i3 emerged, had its origins at Plant Munich. A small series of the first all-electric MINI E was produced at the Munich plant as part of this project.

A quarter of the vehicles leaving the factory already have a fully electric drive. Next year, every other vehicle produced in Munich will be an all-electric BMW i4. “This means that in 2023, the main plant will already hit the target set for the BMW Group worldwide to achieve in 2030, namely a battery electric vehicle share of at least 50 per cent,” said Oliver Zipse at the ceremony to mark the plant’s centenary.

LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL. – the path to the BMW iFACTORY.

One of the keys to Munich’s success story has been its location in the heart of the Bavarian capital. The main plant has continued to develop alongside the urban residential area in the immediate vicinity – and will continue to do so in future. The plant in Munich remains a model of innovation. It will become the BMW iFactory in line with the production strategy. LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL. In Munich – as in all its plants around the world – the company is bringing a new dimension of efficient, sustainable and digital vehicle production to life. An impressive number of applications has already been implemented at the Munich plant around LEAN. GREEN. DIGITAL.

A new body shop will be built on the site of the former paint shop, and the company will construct a completely new assembly line for production of the all-electric NEUE KLASSE from 2024 onwards on the site of the current engine shop. This transformation will also entail changes to the structure of the location in the Bavarian capital. In autumn 2021, the BMW Group, in close cooperation with the city of Munich, announced the “BMW Munich – Urban Production” international architecture competition. The goal was a long-term structural development of the inner-city production site. The inspiring visions from the two winning firms OMA from Rotterdam and 3XN from Copenhagen form the basis for the development of a master plan. This plan will fully align the 100-year-old plant in Munich with the futuristic principles of the BMW iFACTORY.


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