The BMW Group will build a new production plant in Mexico with an investment of more than $ 1.000 million will be used to employ about 1,500 people and produce up to 150,000 units per year from 2019.
It not immediately announced which models will be manufactured at the new facility.
With three BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands, BMW Group is the leading manufacturer of cars and motorcycles yopera luxury 28 production facilities and assembly facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
Mexico is an ideal place for BMW Group site and will be an important plant within our production network, “said Harald Krüger, Member of the Board of BMW AG responsible for production.” In the course of the next few years will invest billion dollars in the new plant. ”
In the medium term, jobs at the site of the plant and in the region will increase by suppliers and service providers.
“This decision underlines once again our commitment to the region Free Trade Agreement in the Notre America (NAFTA) … that began 20 years ago with our US plant in Spartanburg, which manufacture cars of the BMW brand” said the executive.
Considering the capacity of planned production in the Mexican plant of 150,000 units, BMW Group can better exploit the potential of growth being experienced throughout the region, “Krüger” All American continent is one of the markets most important growth for BMW Group . We continue to drive the company’s strategy is “production follows the market
The construction of the new plant in San Luis Potosi was announced at the official residence of Los Pinos in Mexico City, with the presence of the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto: Economy Secretary of that country, Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal and the Governor of San Luis Potosí, Fernando Toranzo Fernández.
The announcement of BMW on this new plant came a week after the fact on a joint venture with Renault-Nissan and Daimler Group to build a plant of $ 1.360 million in Aguascalientes, Mexico, where luxury cars are manufactured in the Infiniti brands and Mercedes Benz.
Mexico, new capacity in the industry
Mexico, which is celebrating 20 years of the Free Trade Agreement with North America, is about to overtake Japan and Canada as the country exports more new cars to the United States.
BMW also will join the German Volkswagen and AUID as manufacturers with production plants in Mexico, where they also operate Ford, General Motors and Chrysler US, in addition to Nissan, Honda, Mazda and Mistubishi Asian.
Exports of cars made in Mexico and constitute 26% of its exports.
The existence of numerous free trade agreements, including the NAFTA region, as well as treaties with the European Union and MERCOSUR states were fundamental reasons for choosing the new Mexican site of BMW.
Other advantages considered are the availability of skilled workers in the region, the presence of a strong network of experienced suppliers as well as the existence of a well developed infrastructure.
BMW Group and currently has excellent relations with Mexican suppliers, who bought products in 2013 worth $ 1.610 million.
BMW Group is present in Mexico since 1994 with a sales company. In 2013 the company sold 13.992 vehicles in the country, which meant an annual increase of nearly 18.3%. In addition, BMW sold 2,064 motorcycles (+16.6% compared to the previous year).
BMW Group in North America
In March this year, BMW Group announced that another billion dollars will be invested in the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which by the end of 2016, the production capacity of the plant will increase to 450,000 vehicles and will be the largest international production network of the BMW Group.
￼￼Además, BMW has a joint investment in carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Washington, they will additionally invest $ 200 million to expand facilities and long-term triple the production capacity of the plant.
Thus, the factory of Moses Lake will become the world’s production of carbon fiber materials industry used for the structure of the new sub brand BMWi the largest, 100% electric BMW i3 and Plug-In Hybrid BMW i8.
BMW Group is also currently building a plant in the state of Santa Catarina Brazil, which expects to start production in the course of this year.
With plants in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, BMW Group will have a large production capacity in key sites in North and South America.
The BMW Group, as of December 31, 2013, had 110.351 employees worldwide. It reported profits of 7,910 million Euros in 2013.