One-Line System Prepares BMW Manufacturing for Future

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 11/16/2005

Demolition begins today in the Z4 Roadster assembly area as BMW Manufacturing Co. moves into the final construction phase to convert from a two-line to one-line production system to prepare the factory for the future.

“The one-line system is an exciting development for our plant, and most importantly, for our future,” said President Clemens Schmitz-Justen. “We will be better prepared to meet future market demands.”

The one-line system will give the factory additional flexibility that will allow seasonal fluctuation of models consistent with market demand, and the introduction of new models to markets in a shorter lead time.

The final construction phase will require an extended production interruption, beginning with the Z4 assembly area because it requires the most modification and that interruption began November 14. Production interruptions will occur in X5 body December 8 and in the paint shop, X5 assembly and support areas December 9.

The production interruption will be covered by a combination of 2005/2006 holiday and plant shutdown days so that associates will be paid for the extended time-off.

Production will resume in early January.

Download the Diagrams

  • One-Line Diagram
  • Two-Line Diagram

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

Media Contacts

Sky Foster
MANAGER, CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS

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

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