BMW Uses Its Plants at 120 Percent Capacity

BMW Plant Munich 1 photo
Photo: Bimmerfest
Three worldwide manufacturers were praised by research company Inovev for their excellent usage of their production facilities, according to Automotive News. In Europe, BMW, Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover and Daimler were ranked first, second and third in their survey, based on plant capacity usage last year.
Basically, BMW used its European plants at 100 percent capacity in 2013, to make sure no second is wasted. Of course, in order to keep your plants working at full capacity, you also need a high demand, to justify the numbers.

Since 2013 was a record-breaking year for the Bavarians, we imagine few of the cars built were not sold. On a global scale, things seem to be even better.

According to an insider quoted by Automotive News, on a worldwide basis, BMW’s 16 plants achieved an unbelievable 120 percent capacity so far in 2014. It might seem impossible at first, but taking into consideration the overtime and extra shifts worked, it all adds up.

Of course, that means that the demand for blue and white roundel vehicles has gone up this year, going towards the 2 million cars target set earlier in 2014, that is supposed to be achieved before the year’s end.

So far, BMW sold 826,865 units worldwide, a 7.4 percent increase over 2013. In May alone, the sales of the BMW group reached 177,741 units, another record breaking number for the fifth month of a year, proving that all that hard work put in by the workers translates into bigger profits.

Speaking of which, we should also point out that at full capacity in 2013, the BMW Group posted a pre-tax profit of €7.9 billion last year, a new record for the company.
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