Statements by Harald Krüger, Chairman of a Board of Management of BMW AG, and Knudt Flor, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing Co, 25 years of BMW Group Plant Spartanburg and a new BMW X3

Posted on 26. Jun, 2017 by in BMW Canada

Knudt Flor, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing Co


Governor McMaster,

Senator Graham,

Ambassador Wittig,

Distinguished Guests,

BMW Associates,


Good morning and acquire to BMW Plant Spartanburg!


Each and each one of we here currently is critical to a United
States, a state of South Carolina and to Plant Spartanburg, so I
would like to start by holding a impulse to commend all elected
officials. Please be kind adequate to mount for us so we might be
acknowledged. On interest of a BMW Group, we would like to conclude you
for twenty-five years of continued support and personal joining to
this plant’s success. Thank you!


Governor McMaster, conclude we for your continued efforts in promoting
this partnership, as many governors – generally a late Governor
Carroll Campbell – before we have done. We’d also like to contend a
special “thank you” to Bobby Hitt, a Secretary of Commerce, who has
been instrumental in a extensive expansion of Plant Spartanburg.


From a BMW Group, we would like to deliver Mr. Harald Krueger,
Chairman of a Board of Management, and Mr. Oliver Zipse, Member of
a Board of Management, obliged for Production worldwide. We
acquire a inhabitant and general press, as we applaud 25 Years
Spartanburg and a All-New BMW X3!


Also, greatfully join me in welcoming a valued dealers and suppliers
from a U.S., a managers from Munich, and last, though positively not
least, we am gay to acquire all of a associates here on site –
a heart and essence of Plant Spartanburg!


25 years ago, a association reached an ancestral agreement with local
supervision to build a initial U.S. BMW plant in a good state of
South Carolina. It was a start of something unequivocally special – a
smashing loyalty and a new beginning. As BMW’s Chairman, Mr.
Eberhard von Kuenheim settled behind in 1992: “Seldom in a story of
a company, has a village extended such a comfortable acquire to us as
here in Spartanburg, in a state of South Carolina, USA. We have felt
during home here from a initial day on.”


In 1994, Spartanburg began operations with 570 associates, underneath the
sign of “Welcome to a Future”. Today, we are unapproachable to have over
9,000 associates here! Spartanburg has grown to turn a largest
plant in a BMW Group’s worldwide prolongation network. That, in
itself, is a unequivocally clever matter about a joining to South
Carolina and to a U.S.


It is a tellurian cunning core for a unequivocally successful BMW X
vehicles. Currently, a plant produces X3, X4, X5 and X6 models, as
good as M and hybrid variants. We are looking brazen to starting
prolongation of a BMW X7 in late 2018. Today, we are gay to give
we an disdainful universe premiere of a All-New BMW X3. The BMW X3 is
but a doubt, a best car in a segment. More on that shortly!


Of course, a success story of Plant Spartanburg wouldn’t have been
probable but people. People have done and continue to make a difference.


We are unapproachable of a people who work here – they are rarely skilled
and dedicated to building reward peculiarity vehicles for a customers.
we am unapproachable to be a personality of such an implausible group during such a
conspicuous time. World category products are built here each singular day.
It’s interjection to you, a associates that BMW feels unequivocally most during home
here in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


We are respected to have so many friends here and immensely unapproachable to
call South Carolina “our home divided from home”. It is a goal, and our
commitment, to sojourn a clever and arguable partner for our
associates, a customers, South Carolina, and a United States.


Of course, a design is value a thousand difference – here’s a film to
remind us of a few highlights from a past 25 years.


Thank you!



Harald Krüger, Chairman of a Board of Management of BMW AG


Governor McMaster,

Senator Graham,

Ambassador Wittig,

Honored guests,


It’s good to be behind in Plant Spartanburg again!

The film we usually saw underscores a BMW Group’s clever commitment

  • to a United States of America,
  • to South Carolina,
  • and to all a associates and partners here in a U.S.

All of this shows that a U.S. is clearly a home divided from home.

We are unapproachable to be obliged for around 70,000 jobs in this great
republic – including play network and suppliers. The outcome of that
practice multiplies to a sum of some-more than 120,000 jobs nationwide.
This is according to a new investigate from a Moore School of Business at
a University of South Carolina. Furthermore, a purchasing volume
in America is now during 5.7 billion US dollars.


25 years ago, we done a essential and brazen looking decision. We
motionless to build a initial full prolongation plant outward of Germany in
a U.S. – right here, in South Carolina. The BMW Group’s success in
America would not be probable but a open arms and comfortable hearts of
a people and inaugurated officials in a good state of South Carolina
and a surrounding region.


Senator Graham, it is an honour to have we with us here today. We
severely conclude your ongoing support over a years.


Our attribute with South Carolina has been built on decades of
mutual trust and honour – and goes distant over usually building cars.
Governor McMaster, as we have pleasantly pronounced – we have turn partial of
a unequivocally fabric of this good state. And David Britt, we were deeply
overwhelmed by your difference when we said: “BMW is a benefaction that keeps on giving”.


I am intensely unapproachable of a rarely learned people who work here for
a BMW Group. Their passion for value ensures that BMW vehicles
built in a U.S. excite and enthuse business all over a world.
Some of my fondest memories are from my time here during a plant as a
manager. Since then, one thing has never altered – a singular spirit
that creates BMW Plant Spartanburg so special: It’s all about People,
Performance, Passion and Pride.

Today, we would like to conclude all of a associates here, during Plant
Spartanburg, for their clever commitment. You move this plant to life
– with your work, each singular day. Thank we for your outstanding
dedication! we am certain we all would determine that a associates deserve
a turn of applause.


Governor McMaster,

Senator Graham,


World-class people build world-class products. Today, Spartanburg is
a largest plant worldwide. It is a tellurian cunning core for
a X family vehicles, including a BMW X3. The BMW X3 is a most
successful car in a shred worldwide. Today, we are unequivocally proud
to benefaction we a third era – “Built by BMW in a U.S. for
a world”!


About 70% of a prolongation from Spartanburg is exported to some-more than
140 countries. Thanks to a great, overworked group here in a U.S.,
BMW was once again a heading U.S. automotive exporter by value in
2016 – a pretension we reason with pride.


Free trade has done a corner success story in South Carolina and the
U.S. possible. A story, we wish to continue, together with all of you.
we resolutely trust in giveaway trade and open markets. It is essential for
tellurian businesses and economies around a universe to flourish.


Altogether, a BMW Group has invested 8 billion US dollars in
Plant Spartanburg to date. we am gay to say, we are investing a
serve 600 million US dollars in a production infrastructure
here, adult to 2021. This is for destiny generations of a X models. In
a subsequent 4 years, we will also emanate 1,000 new jobs, holding our
workforce here to over 10,000.


Ladies and Gentlemen,


Training and subordinate a associates is pivotal to a destiny success.
We trust in education! That’s because a BMW Group will deposit $200
million over a subsequent 5 years – usually for a training and further
preparation of associates during Spartanburg. In further to this, we will
start to hurl out a national training program. We work together with
internal universities and colleges to offer a multiple of training on
a pursuit and earning a degree. We will keep investing in a people and
in a business in a U.S. This underscores a fast commitment
to a people of this good state and nation.


Therefore, we sojourn confident: Our footprint and joining will
continue to grow – not usually in a Great State of South Carolina but
also in a United States in a years to come.


(Unveiling of new BMW X3)


Ladies and Gentlemen,


The new BMW X3!

I can tell you, it’s unequivocally extraordinary to drive. Over dual generations,
a BMW X3 has been delivered to some-more than 1.5 million customers
worldwide. I’m certain: This new era will lift a bar even
higher! Thanks to a group in Spartanburg for your good contribution.
“Built by BMW in a U.S. for a world”!


Governor McMaster, Senator Graham, Ambassador Wittig, Oliver, Knudt,
dear Associates – greatfully come and join me on stage.


Thank you!

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