New BMW Manufacturing Co. President Named

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 03/30/2007

Josef Kerscher has been named president of BMW Manufacturing Co., succeeding Dr. Clemens Schmitz-Justen, the company announced today. The transition of responsibilities begins April 1.

Kerscher, 53, began his career with BMW in 1979 and has served in various positions as group leader and department head at the company’s Landshut plant, as director of Assembly at the Munich plant and as plant manager of the Munich plant.

He is a graduate of the Technical University Munich with a mechanical engineering degree with an emphasis on environmental engineering. Kerscher and his wife have two children.

BMW Manufacturing Co., a subsidiary of the BMW Group based in Munich, Germany, is the exclusive manufacturer on the Z4 and M Roadster, Z4 and M Coupe and the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. 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, 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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