BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Change.
BMW Manufacturing announced today that Dr. Gerald Degen has been named the new Vice President of Logistics and Production Steering for the Spartanburg plant. Degen succeeds Philip Heinrichsdorff, who has returned to Germany to direct material control/delivery assurance for BMW Group.
Gerald Degen has been with BMW Group for 18 years. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich. Degen began his career as a quality engineer in BMW Plant Munich (Germany) and then joined the launch team to start-up BMW Plant Leipzig (Germany) as Director of Final Assembly.
In 2007, he was appointed Vice President of BMW Plant Shenyang (China). During his time in China, he served as a Visiting Professor at the College of Ophthalmology & Visual Science (Shenyang) and gave lectures for MBA students at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2011, Degen became Vice President, Value Added Production Systems, responsible for the Lean Manufacturing Program of BMW Group until the end of 2012. He then moved to Brazil in January 2013 as Director of BMW Plant Araquari (South America). While in Brazil, Degen received honorary citizenship of Santa Catarina from the state government in 2015.
The South Carolina plant is in the midst of a $1 Billion investment to increase the plant’s capacity by 50% by the end of 2016. This investment and expansion will enable the plant to add a fifth vehicle model, the BMW X7. BMW’s Plant Spartanburg is the largest BMW Group plant worldwide
BMW began manufacturing vehicles in the U.S. in 1994 and has produced over 3 million vehicles in the last two decades. With an export value of nearly $10 Billion annually, BMW is the largest U.S. automotive manufacturer. The company produces over 1,400 vehicles daily and exports 70% to over 140 countries around the world.