BMW South Africa to produce more of the 3 Series

Reports have emerged that BMW South Africa are to double the amount of exports of the 3 Series. This is good news for the countries automotive industry in terms of jobs as a third shift will be created along with 600 brand new jobs at BMW’s Rosslyn plant.

Frank Peter Arndt – “Impressive factory”

Annual production figures of 50,000 will now increase to 90,000 thanks to the plans. Frank Peter Arndt who is the BMW manufacturing Chief announced the news at a reopening of the BMW Rosslyn plant. An increase of the 342,000 figures of the last BMW 3 Series is what is expected this time round.

Mr Arndt has praised the plant and even said that it is one of the most “impressive” factories outside of Germany and is important to the country’s history. He believes that BMW will make major investments into factories in the future leaving the company to play a major part in the country’s history.

Third shift significant

The new third shift is quite significant news. Guy Kilfoil believes that it the third shift alone will equate to 25 per cent of BMW 3 Series global supply. He also stated how production, exports and employment figures are set to be heavily boasted. He said “So we will almost boost production by almost a 100%, we will boost exports by more than a 100% and increase our employment with 20%”

Ebrahim Patel – “Wonderful news”

The Minister of Economic Development in South Africa, Ebrahim Patel said that the increase in employment and increase in the supplier industry was “wonderful news” He said “The most wonderful news today is that 600 new jobs will be created in Rosslyn, expanding Tshwane’s position as the largest auto-manufacturing centre in the country, with more than 200 suppliers and a concentration of OEMs in the city,”

At the moment the South African automotive industry is booming. At present there are over half a million cars produced every year. Mr Patel wants to see that figure rise to 1.2 million per year.

Not all cars produced stay on South African shores.

South African exports:

  • The United States
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Malaysia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea

BMW South Africa clearly relies heavily on their export market but is performing very well in the country at present.  Plenty more positive notes are expected from BMW in South Africa in the near future.