BMW is Expanding its US Plant to Produce the X4 and X7
The BMW Group is expanding capacity at its U.S. plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. To meet strong global demand for our BMW X models, BMW will invest a total of one billion U.S. dollars in their Spartanburg plant by 2016. This will increase annual production capacity by 50% up to 450,000 vehicles from 300,000 currently. BMW has also announced the start of production of the X4, and will soon start production on a larger X vechicle, the X7 as part of the plants expantion. BMW X3, X5, X5 M, X6 and X6 M models have been manufactured so far in Spartanburg.
The plant’s expansion will also increase the number of employees at the U.S. facility significantly. According to a study released by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the annual export volume of BMW’s Spartanburg plant totals USD 7.5 billion – which makes the BMW Group’s American facility the largest vehicle exporter in the United States, based on total exports excluding NAFTA. Approximately 70% of Spartanburg’s production is exported to BMW markets around the world.
A recent analysis published by the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina found that BMW Group activities in South Carolina had a total impact of around USD 16.6 billion on the state economy. The BMW Group’s presence in South Carolina supports a total of 30,000 jobs. The study also cites the importance of the BMW Group for South Carolina’s economic standing, improving technological and manufacturing competitiveness and establishing a high level of training.
Since the start of production in 1994, Spartanburg has built more than 2.6 million vehicles for BMW customers around the world. The models BMW X3, X5, X5 M, X6 and X6 M are all produced at the plant. In the near future, a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X5 will also be produced here. A total of 297,326 vehicles were manufactured in Spartanburg in 2013, with around 1,100 vehicles currently produced per working day. The Spartanburg site presently employs around 8,000 staff.