BMW Manufacturing Corp. names vice president

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 02/13/2003

Dieter Lauterwasser has been named vice president for Assembly at BMW Manufacturing Corp., overseeing the manufacturing areas for the X5 sports activity vehicle and the Z4 roadster.

He has served as BMW Manufacturing’s vice president for Painted Body from 1998 to 2001 and as vice president responsible for the launch of the new Z4 roadster from 2001 until assuming his new responsibilities February 1.

Born in Stuttgart, Lauterwasser studied material sciences in Aalen, Germany and has a master’s degree in engineering. He began his career with BMW AG in Munich in 1979. He held several managerial positions in central planning departments in Munich and was senior manager for Technology before becoming senior manager of the Paint Shop at the Regensburg plant in 1989. From 1993 to 1998, he served as senior manager for the Paint Shop at the BMW South Africa plant and then head of engineering.

He replaces Bernhard Lenzen, who has returned to Germany to oversee logistics for BMW’s Munich plant after working at BMW Manufacturing since 1996, first as vice president for Logistics and Quality Management and later as vice president for Assembly.

Lenzen began working at BMW AG in 1977 as a material flow planner and has served as project leader, material flow planning manager, vice president in the headquarters for the physical logistics and, vice president for Assembly in the Munich plant.

BMW Manufacturing Corp. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich, Germany. Its website address is In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW’s North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; an information technology consulting and systems integration firm in South Carolina; a production facility in Mexico; and a design firm in California.

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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