BMW Manufacturing Corp. Procurement VP dies

GREER, S.C. - 03/14/2002

Klaus Atzler, 57, Vice President of Procurement North America, died today in Munich while on a business trip.

Born October 5, 1944 in Bad Flinsberg, Germany, Mr. Atzler received his Masters from Business and Economics College, Pforzheim, Germany, in 1971 in Purchasing and Material Management. Mr. Atzler, who maintained a home in Munich, lived with his family in Greenville, South Carolina. His wife, Mrs. Renate Atzler and a daughter, Judith, and a son, Florian, survive him.

Mr. Atzler spent his entire life in the automotive industry beginning his career at Porsche AG as a trainee in 1971 and became director of purchasing in 1975. In 1978, he joined the procurement department at ZF AG (Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen).

He joined BMW in 1982 as head of purchasing at the BMW engine plant in Steyr, Austria. In 1986, he moved to Munich to be purchasing director for interior and exterior parts for all BMW models worldwide. He was appointed Vice President at BMW Manufacturing Corp. in Spartanburg, SC in January 2000, where he was responsible for all purchasing for BMW subsidiaries in North America.

Production Figures

  • 2013 Annual Production
    Total 2013 Production: 297,326
  • 2014 Production - February
    X3 Units: 12,892
    X5 Units: 12,200
    X6 Units: 2,089
  • Number of jobs – 8,000
  • North American suppliers –
    170
  • South Carolina suppliers –
    40

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P. O. Box 11000
Spartanburg, SC 29304
864-989-5546
Sky.foster@bmwmc.com

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