The BMW Rosslyn Plant in Pretoria has rolled off the last 3 Series off their production line in preparation to start producing the new X3.
The plant has produced a total of 1,191,604 five generations of the BMW 3 Series and will begin a new era of producing the new BMW X3 in the coming months. Meaning that the current BMW 3 Series will be imported from BMW’s global production network.
In November 2015, BMW Group South Africa announced an R6billion investment at Plant Rosslyn. The investment has enabled Plant Rosslyn to get ready to produce the new BMW X3, which will be sold locally and exported to Europe. In October 2017, an additional R160 million was added to the Rosslyn manufacturing facility to enhance production line speed.
Stefan Hülsenberg, Director of BMW Plant Rosslyn, says that the enhancement has raised the maximum production capacity by almost 10%, from 71 000 units to 76 000 units, leaving the plant with excellent potential in the future to produce the highest volume ever in its 45-year history. “Plans to create a center of production excellence at our plant are well under way with the largest infrastructure upgrade in the history of the facility now completed and staff upskilled in state-of-the-art technologies. Supplier development and localisation strategies are in progress, and we are confident that the new BMW X3 will be more localised than the BMW 3 Series we’ve produced. We are continuing to build our future together,” Hülsenberg adds.