The Hams Hall engine plant, near Birmingham, first opened in 2001, manufacturing engines for BMW. It was the first engine production plant to open outside of Germany or Austria.

Small, highly fuel efficient engines are assembled at the plant and some components are also machined on site. Over 800 people work at Plant Hams Hall including around 35 young people training on apprenticeship schemes.

In 2006, production of a second engine family commenced for MINI and these engines are also now supplied for some BMW vehicles.

The plant is currently undergoing major development to ensure the site remains as a state-of-the-art plant, ready for the production of the next generation of engines, including engines for the new BMW i8 hybrid sports car.