Facts.

The plant with its 800 associates has gone through an extensive restructuring and modernisation programme. It works with efficient press and sub-assembly technology in accordance with the high standards of the BMW Group.

Over the last years the press shop has concentrated on establishing lean principles by using the BMW VPS (Value-added Production System) tools and techniques. As a result, real progress has been made reducing changeover, minimising batch size, and continuously improving productivity.

The Harbour report has recently highlighted the fact that in terms of productivity, the plant compares favourably to other far newer installations, both internally in the BMW Group and externally at competitor plants. The Harbour Consulting Group is an international benchmarking organisation which specialises in the car manufacturing sector, comparing performance and strategic data from motor manufacturers.