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      03-03-2022, 07:12 AM   #1
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BMW Investing More Than $200 Million to Add New Press Shop at South Carolina Plant

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Press Shop Will Add More Than 200 Jobs +++Three-Year Construction Project Will Start Production in 2024

Munich/ Spartanburg, S.C. BMW Group will invest more than $200 million to construct a 219,000 square foot press shop at its South Carolina plant. The investment includes more than 200 new jobs. The announcement was made by BMW Manufacturing President and CEO Robert Engelhorn at the South Carolina Automotive Summit in Greenville, SC.

The new press shop, which will start production in the summer of 2024, will take raw coils of steel, cut them into blanks, and stamp sheet metal parts for BMW X models. Those components include hang-on parts such as the vehicle’s four doors, fenders, exterior body sides, and lift gate.

“The BMW Group is known worldwide for the outstanding quality produced by its press shops. We are excited to add this new technology to Plant Spartanburg,” said Engelhorn. “This investment reinforces BMW Group’s commitment in the United States and South Carolina. We continue to play a major role in the region’s economic strength as well as workforce development and job training.”

Highly-Skilled Manufacturing Jobs

A state-of-the-art press shop requires manufacturing jobs with advanced-level training. These jobs include tool and die technicians, electrical and mechanical maintenance for automated machinery, and specialized line operators. More than 45 Plant Spartanburg associates are currently training at BMW Group press shops in Leipzig, Germany, and Swindon, UK. These associates also train with partners from the Schuler Group, that manufactures automated servo press lines for all BMW Group plants.

While Schuler will manufacture the automated press line, all tooling for Plant Spartanburg’s press shop will come from BMW tool shops in Eisenach, Munich, and Dingolfing.

Since 1992, the BMW Group has invested nearly $12 billion in its South Carolina factory. BMW Manufacturing is the largest BMW Group plant in the world, producing more than 1,500 vehicles each day and 433,810 vehicles in 2021, a record. The factory has an annual production capacity of up to 450,000 vehicles and employs more than 11,000 people.

Source: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/globa...carolina-plant
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      03-03-2022, 11:31 AM   #2
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It's just another (convincing) data point that BMW can and wants to expand the manufacturing of global products in the US.

The proximity of the plant to a major seaport is a big advantage.

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now we know why the increase in pricing lol.

but for real, thats pretty cool. Always blows my mind the engineering etc.. that goes into building these operations. awesome
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Investing in Press shop means also that they are not going full carbon fiber for the next generation of cars. So apart from the iX with full carbon core, the other X Models will remain with standard steal cage, or maybe they are going to mix different materials
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Investing in Press shop means also that they are not going full carbon fiber for the next generation of cars. So apart from the iX with full carbon core, the other X Models will remain with standard steal cage, or maybe they are going to mix different materials
Were there reports of them going full CF?
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Investing in Press shop means also that they are not going full carbon fiber for the next generation of cars. So apart from the iX with full carbon core, the other X Models will remain with standard steal cage, or maybe they are going to mix different materials
full carbon fibre for a regular car / SUV doesn't make sense, even if all the car manufacturers in the world combined production, they can't build 500K carbon fiber vehicles per year.

We're talking about regular BMW X models, not some sort of exotic supercars. Even the iX uses aluminium and steel for majority of the chassis. Aluminum, steel is still the most versatile material and easy to work with / easy to recycle and reuse.

No-one's going to pay 2-3 times for SUV for a few hundred lb weight savings and slight decrease in fuel consumption.
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full carbon fibre for a regular car / SUV doesn't make sense, even if all the car manufacturers in the world combined production, they can't build 500K carbon fiber vehicles per year.

We're talking about regular BMW X models, not some sort of exotic supercars. Even the iX uses aluminium and steel for majority of the chassis. Aluminum, steel is still the most versatile material and easy to work with / easy to recycle and reuse.

No-one's going to pay 2-3 times for SUV for a few hundred lb weight savings and slight decrease in fuel consumption.
So the label "Carbon Core" is a marketing lie
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full carbon fibre for a regular car / SUV doesn't make sense, even if all the car manufacturers in the world combined production, they can't build 500K carbon fiber vehicles per year.

We're talking about regular BMW X models, not some sort of exotic supercars. Even the iX uses aluminium and steel for majority of the chassis. Aluminum, steel is still the most versatile material and easy to work with / easy to recycle and reuse.

No-one's going to pay 2-3 times for SUV for a few hundred lb weight savings and slight decrease in fuel consumption.
So the label "Carbon Core" is a marketing lie
BMW uses the term Carbon Core to describe the safety cell surrounding the passenger compartment that uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) along with aluminum and high-strength steel.
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Investing in Press shop means also that they are not going full carbon fiber for the next generation of cars. So apart from the iX with full carbon core, the other X Models will remain with standard steal cage, or maybe they are going to mix different materials
Insurance premiums would go through the roof if mainstream cars started using CF panels. Plus can you imagine having to find a repair shop after an accident?
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