In addition to higher production capacities, the integration of the locations in the MINI production network with their efficient logistics networks also results in increased flexibility.
All pressings and body components are delivered just-in-time from the Swindon plant, directly to the body production at the Oxford plant, this decreases the need for intermediate storage. If necessary, body components can be delivered to Plant Oxford within just four hours of issuing the parts call-up.
In addition to this efficient synchronisation of processes, the
sophisticated logistics concept also enables a high degree of
flexibility even after an order has been made. Customer requests
for changes can be taken into account regarding colour, engine type
or options up to seven days prior to the start of assembly.
In order that the three plants respond together to changes in demand and to customer requirements, flexible working and complementary shift patterns have been implemented across the three plants with up to seven day working and up to 140 hours production time per week.