Munich, Germany – The BMW Group is investing approximately €200 million to expand its manufacturing plant in Rosslyn, South Africa. The plant builds the 3 Series for the local market, and for export to Canada, the U.S., and other markets.
The investment will also include development of the local supplier industry. Overall, it will allow production capacity to increase in the long term from 60,000 to 87,000 units per year.
“This investment is a clear sign of the BMW Group’s commitment to South Africa as a location and of its confidence in the growth of this economic region,” said Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG. “In the current difficult economic situation in particular, we are standing by our belief in a corporate policy based on sustainability. We are providing a stimulus for further market development, to secure jobs and to strengthen the country of South Africa.”
The Rosslyn plant was founded in 1975 and was the company’s first production plant outside Germany. It also supplies the 3 Series to sub-Saharan Africa, Japan, South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.