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The new MINI is being manufactured on one of the world's most modern and advanced production systems at the BMW Group plant at Oxford - the result of a £230 million investment programme at the factory.

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BMW Manufacturing : Oxford Plant

From Rover 600/800 to Rover 75 to the BMW Mini in less than 3 years

The Cowley plant near Oxford has quite a tradition. Producing the Rover 600 and the Rover 800 until 1998, they were the test ground for BMW/Rovers new Rover 75. This car was launched in 1998. When Rover Cars were finally sold to the Phoenix Group, the plant remained in BMW hands.

The Rover 75 installations are being disassembled and transferred to Longbridge, where the Rover 75 will be continued. In Cowley, the new MINI will be launched in Mid 2001.


BMW Group Oxford Plant Starts Installation of MINI Production Line 

Munich, Germany - The BMW Group announced that work has started at its Oxford plant in England to install the assembly facilities for MINI. Production of the new car is expected to start in early summer of 2001 with initial units planned for European and Asian markets.

The MINI COOPER will debut this September at the Paris International Auto Show and is expected to reach American shores during the first quarter of 2002. 

Over the past eight weeks the Rover 75 manufacturing line was completely dismantled and transported to the Phoenix Consortium's Longbridge, England plant. In turn, equipment for MINI production was shipped from Longbridge to Oxford. This represents the on-time conclusion of the first part of the exceptional logistical challenge of exchanging production facilities. Equipment for the MINI production is on site and the buildings are ready for the installation. During the change-over phase, a nine-week extended summer break was agreed for the Oxford workforce. Employees returning on September 11th, 2000 will find preparations for the production of MINI at Oxford well underway.

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The Cowley plant in a bird view

The building on the left is the newly installed paint shop. On the right the old structure is still in place. Body shop and assembly were completely refurbished for the launch of the Rover 75.

In May 2000, the plant is going to be prepared for the new BMW Mini, which will be launched in mid 2001.

Investments at Oxford have exceeded $400 million over the last years to modernize the production facilities. This included the building of a completely new Paint Shop for $115 million, as well as the total refurbishment of Body-in-White and Assembly Areas. Other improvements included the building of an Integrated Logistics Center and a Quality Center for finished cars. For the start-up of MINI production the BMW Group will invest an additional $330 million into machinery, facilities and infrastructure on-site.

Production of the MINI is set to reach up to 100,000 units per year, with employment running at that capacity to be around 2,500 people. With further investment into production facilities, namely in the paint shop area, the site infrastructure allows a future production increase of up to 200,000 units per year.



The structures at plant Oxford will be in accordance with BMW Group's production strategy, allowing the possibility to build other BMW Group products at the plant if so desired. This strategy has been a major factor in the flexibility and extraordinary productivity of BMW Group plants.

Dr. Herbert Diess, Managing Director Plant Oxford, said: "MINI will be built here at Oxford using the latest technology and to BMW's stringent quality and production standards. Our employees have already shown with the Rover 75 that they are capable of delivering this quality. We have successfully completed the first challenge and I am positive that together with our suppliers and the support of the whole BMW Group we can fulfill the high expectations for the launch of MINI."

The modernization of the Oxford plant involved key partnerships with British firms as well as European suppliers who provided state-of-the-art facilities for the Body-in White and Paint Shop areas. On April 28th, 2000 Plant Oxford became a 100 per cent subsidiary of BMW (UK) Holdings Ltd. as BMW UK Manufacturing Ltd. 

(September 13, 2000)
























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