With a total area measuring 2.8 million m2, a workforce of over 17 500 employees plus 800 apprentices, approximately 1 600 vehicles produced daily and more than nine million BMW vehicles produced in total, the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing is the largest of all BMW plants and one of the biggest factories in the world.
The BMW Group Plant Dingolfing is the largest BMW vehicle production site in Europe. With more than 350 000 vehicles rolling off the assembly line, the plant is responsible for manufacturing five model series (the BMW 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 Series) – 15 models with over 60 variants. And it doesn’t stop there: the plant produces electric components for BMW i3 and i8 as well as the body for Rolls-Royce. In addition, Dingolfing is the centre of the BMW Group’s global spare parts logistics network.
It is only fitting that the seventh generation BMW 5 Series be produced at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. In order to accommodate the BMW 5 Series production, the plant underwent extensive refurbishment and construction in all technologies.
“Dingolfing will remain our competence centre for production of upper-class BMW series,” according to Oliver Zipse, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Production. While the plant manufactures all BMW 7 Series and BMW 6 Series models, it will produce all the variants of the all new BMW 5 Series as well as serve as lead plant for the BMW 5 Series international production network.
BMW Group Plant Dingolfing’s partnership with Austrian contract manufacturer, Magna Steyr AG & Co KG, will produce additional units of the BMW 5 Series sedans at their plant in Graz. The first BMW vehicle produced by Magna Steyr is the BMW X3. “The high level of flexibility within our global production network and reliable cooperation with our partner, Magna Steyr, will enable us to respond swiftly to the strong customer demand we anticipate for the world’s most successful business limousine,” adds Zipse.
Dingolfing Plant Manager Josef Kerscher said: ““We are delighted to have a highly-professional partner like Magna Steyr produce this successful model for us. They will certainly benefit from our years of experience building the BMW 5 Series: Our staff here in Dingolfing will work very closely with the plant in Graz.”
Production of the all new BMW 5 Series will commence before the end of the year at the main plant in Dingolfing, ready to be launched in early 2017.