BMW Manufacturing Announces Management Changes.

Spartanburg, SC - 11/19/2014

BMW Manufacturing announced today two new senior management appointments. Also, due to recent organizational changes, a new senior management function has been developed to better serve the needs of the plant’s future growth.
Mr. Franz Linner has been named Vice President, Supplier Network, Americas. In this new role, Mr. Linner is responsible for supply chain partners throughout North and South America. In October, Linner joined the Spartanburg management team from Munich where he has served in various quality management, development and purchasing positions throughout BMW Group since 1985.

Mr. Linner succeeds Philip Heinrichsdorff who recently stepped into his new role as Vice President, Production Control and Logistics.

Mr. Johannes Trauth has been appointed to serve as the plant’s Vice President, Human Resources. Mr. Trauth arrived in South Carolina in early November to head up the plant’s human resources function. Trauth was previously the head of compensation and benefits/job evaluation for BMW Group in Munich. Prior to beginning his career with BMW in 1999, Trauth worked with Rolls Royce GmbH as head of HR Management.

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. The plant will also add a fifth vehicle model, the BMW X7. This increased volume will add another 800 new jobs to the plant’s workforce of 8,000 and make the South Carolina plant the largest BMW Group plant worldwide.

BMW began manufacturing vehicles in the U.S. in 1994 and has produced nearly 3 million vehicles in the last two decades. Presently, BMW Manufacturing produces over 1,100 vehicles each day and exports 70% to over 140 countries around the world.    

Production Figures

  • 2018 Production - September
    • X3 Vehicles: 11,521
    • X4 Vehicles: 4,331
    • X5 Vehicles: 6,658
    • X6 Vehicles: 2,700
  • Number of jobs – 10,000
  • U.S. suppliers – 300
  • South Carolina suppliers– Over 40

Media Contacts

Sky Foster

BMW Manufacturing Co.
P. O. Box 11000
Spartanburg, SC 29304


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