Brazil – BMW breaks ground for its first manufacturing facility

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BMW on Monday held a ground breaking ceremony for a manufacturing facility in the industrial area of Araquari in Southern Brazil, 580 km from Sao Paulo.

This marks the first BMW manufacturing plant in Latin America. The plant will go into operation late in 2014.

BMW Brazil plant 3D rendering - Bird's eye
Along with the plant, BMW is also building a technical centre in Joinville, 20 km north of the plant. The technical centre will have a replica of an assembly line which will be used only for training workers.

The plant is to have an annual capacity of 30,000 units and has taken in an investment of around 200 million Euros. The production infrastructure would include a paint shop, body shop and an assembly facility.

BMW Brazil plant 3D rendering - Panoromic
The 200 million Euro facility will be BMW’s first manufacturing facility in the South American continent.

BMW announced in a press release that the MINI Countryman, BMW 1 Series 5-door model, BMW 3 Series Sedan, BMW X1, and BMW X3 would be the products manufactured in the facility.

BMW Brazil plant 3D rendering - Front
The plant has a capacity to churn out 30,000 vehicles each year.

In order to train its assembly line staff, BMW is also setting up a technical centre in nearby Joinville. The Joinville technical centre will also get an assembly line that will be used solely for training purposes. BMW plans to hire close to 1,300 people for its Brazilian plant. More jobs will be created at the supplier level as BMW plans to source a lot of components for its cars from the local market.

BMW officials along with Govt of Brazil officials at the ground breaking ceremony
The ground-breaking ceremony was held on 16th December, Monday. The plant is expected to begin operations towards the end of 2014.

Along with the ground-breaking ceremony, BMW also launched the BMW 320i ActiveFlex model. The ActiveFlex technology helps the car to run in both petrol and ethanol. This, the press release says, was developed exclusively for the Brazilian market.

Groundbreaking ceremony for new BMW Group plant in Brazil – Press Release

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