BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Change
BMW Manufacturing announced today that Bernd Koenigsbruegge has been named the new Vice President for Painted Body. He replaces Dr. Heinz Brunner who has returned to Munich to oversee production of powertrain and chassis systems.
Koenigsbruegge served as vice president for the body shop in the Spartanburg plant from 2004 to 2008 before moving to BMW’s plant in Regensburg, Germany. Bernd graduated in 1984 from RWTH Aachen University with a degree in mechanical engineering and began his career with BMW as an industrial engineer in the company’s Munich plant.
Since joining the company, Bernd has worked throughout the global production network. He was a planning manager for the body shop in the Regensburg plant, managed body structure development at BMW’s Research and Innovation facility (FIZ), was integral in the relocation of the MINI facility to Oxford, England and served as facility planning project lead for BMW’s plant in Leipzig, Germany.
BMW’s plant in Spartanburg currently produces over 1,000 vehicles each day and is the exclusive exporter of X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and the X6 Sports Activity Coupe through the Port of Charleston. This year, the plant is projected to produce more than 300,000 vehicles and will export approximately 70% of those vehicles to more than 130 global markets.
The plant originally began vehicle production in 1994. In late October, the plant will reach another milestone: the building of its 2,250,000th vehicle. Earlier this year, the company announced a $900 Million expansion to increase capacity to 350,000 units by the end of 2014 and will bring a new model to its Spartanburg operation.