Starting now, BMW Motorrad has a second site where it makes motorcycles from scratch, and it’s located in Brazil. The new plant in Manus, Brazil, is now online and represents the first 100 percent BMW Group-owned motorcycle production facility outside Germany.
“BMW Motorrad is expanding its motorcycle production globally to achieve sustainable business growth,” explained Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad. “Brazil remains an important market for this strategy, and we see great potential in this country over the mid and long term. This is why we have decided to construct our first 100% BMW Group-owned motorcycle plant outside of Germany in Manaus.”
It took around nine months to built the new plant which sits on an area of around 10,000 square meters and uses the latest technology along with a highly-trained small army of workers. BMW invested about 10.5 million euros in the new factory which is said to have an initial capacity of 10,000 bikes per year.
The first model that will be built there will be the BMW F 700 GS followed by the F 800 GS, F 800 GS Adventure, F 800 R, R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Adventure, S 1000 R, S 1000 RR, and S 1000 XR.
"BMW Motorrad Brazil is focusing its strategy on sustainable growth, based on domestic market potential. With our local production, we expect to increase sales significantly. Domestic production, starting with the BMW F 700 GS, guarantees even more availability and fast response to local demand, which is important to the success of our business in Brazil,” added Peter Vogel, Production Director of BMW Motorrad in Manaus.
The new plant holds more than 175 workers for the moment and, depending on the local market, the number will grow to meet the demand. All the workers are trained to ensure the same level of quality as at other BMW Group plants.