September 15, 2006
New Mini production begins at upgraded facility
Mini final assembly engine marriage. Click image to enlarge
Oxford, England – The redesigned Mini has started series production, following an investment of nearly 200 million Euros in production facilities that will increase Mini production capacity by 20 per cent. The Mini production triangle, with plants at Hams Hall, Oxford and Swindon, will eventually be able to produce 240,000 units a year, with an increase of 450 workers to a total of 6,800 employees.
Since the start of production in 2001, more than 850,000 Minis have been built in Oxford, with 75 per cent of them exported to over 70 markets worldwide.
Plant Hams Hall has received around 30 million Euros to build a new family of gasoline engines especially for Mini, while Plant Oxford has received over 100 million Euros to expand vehicle production capacity. The Swindon Plant received 60 million for Mini body pressing and sub-assembly technologies. The pressings and body components are delivered just-in-time from Swindon directly to the body production facility at the Oxford plant, while the engines are delivered just-in-sequence from Hams Hall to Oxford.