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BMW Celebrates 25 Years of Manufacturing in Wackersdorf

25 years ago, on December 19, 1989 BMW Group was announcing an investment in the Wackersdorf Industrial Park. Over the course of these two and a half decades, BMW invested over 250 million euros in this platform, the location now being the place where around 3,000 people go to work every day.
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On December 4th, the German company held a festivity to celebrate the passing of 25 years where officials from workers’ unions attended alongside Bavarian Minister Emilia Muller, the Mayor of Wackersdorf, Thomas Falter and 200 other guests from related fields of service and politics.

The Wackersdorf plant has change in its DNA. The specialties workers employed here have changed over years as well as the structure of the plant itself but we have always looked towards the future,” said Thomas Dose, Manager of the Wackersdorf plant.

If at the beginning, Wackersdorf was the place where steel bodies were made for cabriolet models, today they are still making car bodies but this time, out of carbon fiber, for i models.

Apart from making car shells, Wackersdorf is also strategic point, essential for 10 BMW Group plants across 5 continents. Car parts are wrapped up and shipped for assembly from here, all over the world.

“The Wackersdorf location managed something extraordinary over the last 25 years: even though, on paper, it ‘grew old’, it also became a lot more flexible and expanded its competence in new fields, keeping its core young and progressive,” said Jurgen Maidl, Production Logistics Director about the key to success for Wackersdorf in BMW’s global network.

Production started in 1990 with 250 employees

When the plant was done back in 1990 it began its activity with only 250 employees. Wackersdorf was the place where steel bodies for the E30 3 Series Cabriolet were made. In 1998 came the decision to create a multi-branch division here that would also make parts for other BMW cars and partner companies.

That was also when the number of employees went above 2,000 people. After modifying the facilities rather heavily at the end of the years 2000, the logistics area was extended and a new center for processing carbon fiber parts was open. Today, there are over 3,000 people working in Wackersdorf and the plant focuses on three directions: dash and seats components, supplying plants outside Germany and carbon fiber processing for i cars.
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