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BMW confirms major Mini investment

BMW has announced an additional US$820 million (£500 million) investment in its UK production network over the next three years. The German car maker has also confirmed that the UK will be a production location for its next generation Mini models. This recent investment takes the company's total outlay across all its UK operations to more than US$2.4 billion (£1.5 billion) since 2000.

"We have started preparing our UK plants for production of the next generation Mini and this investment underlines that the UK will remain the heart of Mini production," announced Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, during his visit to London. "The Mini brand has made a significant contribution to BMW Group's success in markets around the world and we anticipate that this will grow further in the future."

The BMW Group chairman outlined his company's plans for further investment at a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street this morning. The investment, the majority of which will be will be used to create new production facilities and equipment at the Mini plant Oxford, will help to safeguard over 5,000 jobs in the Mini vehicle assembly plant in Oxford, the pressings plant in Swindon and the company's engine plant at Hams Hall. Apprentices from the plants were also in Downing Street for the announcement.

The BMW Group has been producing Mini at Oxford since 2001. In that time nearly two million vehicles have been produced at the plant and more than 1.5 million MINIs have been exported to customers in 90 different countries.

 

9 June 2011


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