BMW Group’s first plant opened outside Germany, located in Rosslyn, South Africa, has built its one-millionth vehicle, a 3-Series sedan.
The production milestone was honored with a visit from member of the Management Board of BMW AG responsible for production, Harald Krüger.
“Established in 1973, plant Rosslyn was BMW Group’s first foreign plant and represents a cornerstone of our global production network with presently 30 sites in 14 countries. To this day, the South African production site remains a vivid example of a successful market entry through local production,” said Krüger.
Inaugurated in 1973, plant Rosslyn has grown to become a key facility in BMW Group’s global production network. Last year, the factory’s 2,900 workers built 68,771 BMW 3-Series sedans for local and export sales.
Since the beginning of production, BMW South Africa has exported cars. In 2014, BMW 3-Series sedan exports from Plant Rosslyn increased by over 17 percent, consolidating BMW South Africa’s position as the country’s leading exporter of premium vehicles.
BMW South Africa directly and indirectly employs over 43,000 people: more than 3,700 associates at the plant and at the national sales organization, as well as over 3,700 dealership staff and some 36,000 first-tier supplier employees.