BMW builds 3 millionth engine in the UK

BMW has confirmed this week that they have built 3 million engines here in the UK. The landmark was set at BMW Group’s UK Engine plant in Hams Hall, Birmingham.

The 3 millionth engine to be put inside a MINI
The engine that was developed in order to reach the milestone was a 1.6 litre four cylinder petrol engine. This will be taken to the company’s MINI plant and placed within a vehicle that will eventually hit the Indian car market.

It just gets better and better for BMW
This is just another piece of great news for the BMW Group. Last year the company made history by achieving record profits and sales across the world.

A fantastic milestone
The Hams Hall plant was first ever BMW factory to be built outside of Germany and Austria. The Director of the plant, Nick Spencer said “This is a fantastic milestone for Plant Hams Hall. Our 800-strong workforce is proud to be playing an important role within BMW Group’s global production network, building engines in the UK for cars sold in many countries around world and contributing to the success of the iconic MINI brand.”

BMW believe in the UK
Although the UK car industry is not in the best of health at the moment, BMW are defying all consumer buying patterns at the moment. So much so that BMW have invested more money into their Hams Hall plant. BMW will use the factory to develop their next generation of engines here.

The UK exporting more than importing
The UK car market is a strange place at the moment. It has been confirmed by the Office for National Statics (ONS) that the UK now exports more cars than it imports. This is the first time this has happened since 1976.
1.3 cars produced last year

1.3 million Vehicles were produced here in the UK in 2011, which is quite a respectable figure. When comparing the first five months of the year to the same time period in 2012, the number of cars produced is up by a great 12 per cent. During the UK’s peak we managed to produce an outstanding 1.92 million vehicles in 1972. Before the recession crippled the country the industry was producing 1.6 million vehicles per year, with that being the benchmark for the overall marketplace to hit once again.