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Sunshine Aston Martin 
Southport QLD

    10th March, 2006

    BMW has built one million cars at its US production plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina in just 12 years.

    The millionth vehicle, a Z4 M Roadster in Interlagos Blue with a Champagne Leather individual interior and custom Ash-Walnut wood trim, rolled off the line on 28th February 2006.

    As a mark of the historical significance of the manufacturing plant, the Roadster will remain at the factory in the Zentrum museum as part of the BMW Mobile Tradition Collection.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of BMW Roadster production in the USA.

The Z4 Roadster, the first next-generation vehicle launched at the Spartanburg plant, began production in October 2002 and the 100,000th Z4 was built in November 2004.

Production of the updated Z4 Roadster and the new Z4 M Roadster began in January 2006, with the first Australian supplies due in April.

BMW will begin production of the all-new Z4 Coupé and M Coupé within weeks.

The Spartanburg plant has undergone various expansions and restructurings since opening in July 1994.

  • 1996 Added 300,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Body and Assembly areas.
  • 1998 Expanded Body and Assembly areas to build the X5, increasing the floor space from 1.2 million square feet to 2.1 million square feet and adding approximately 1,000 workers.
  • 2000 Constructed a new 189,000-square-foot shop for the Z4 Roadster, completed a 90,000-square-foot automated warehouse/sequencing centre, an 18,000-square-foot Information Technology Centre to house communications and data services systems and a 60,000-square-foot Performance Centre that offers driving experiences and schools for enthusiasts of all levels and abilities, all adjacent to the plant.
  • 2005 Completed the BMW Information Technology Research Centre (ITRC), dedicated to the research of advanced automobile information technology on the Clemson University ICAR campus, refurbished the former TNS Mill into a logistics centre, constructed a Process Development Centre, which links BMW with its North American suppliers, and provides pre-production evaluation of supplier components for U.S.-made BMW vehicles.
  • 2006 Demolished the two-line assembly system and converted it to a single-line system, which allows for additional flexibility to handle seasonal fluctuation of models, as well as the introduction of new models to markets in a shorter lead time, and constructed a new high-speed manufacturing testing facility.

Employment has grown steadily at BMW Manufacturing. When BMW announced in 1992 that it would locate its first North American factory in South Carolina, the company pledged to employ 2,000 people by the year 2000. BMW employed 3,000 by year 2000 and today about 4,500 people work at the plant.

Vehicle production has also increased to meet growing customer demand. Production grew from 51,878 units in 1999 to 166,090 in 2003.

Other BMW news: here.

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