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Official: BMW Group Adding 1,000 New Jobs a UK Facilities

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It’s no small thing that BMW Group’s two iconic British brands, MINI and Rolls Royce, are still producing most if not all of their cars in the UK. If they wanted to, BMW could have gone the route of Fiat and built Coopers in Mexico, but they didn’t. While BMW group utilizes manufacturing facilities all over the world (the Countryman and Paceman are currently made in Austria, for example), their commitment to utilizing quality British manufacturing is still going strong. Case in point, BMW is adding jobs at its UK facilities. Primarily at MINI Plant Oxford, Rolls Royce’s plat at Goodwood, and Hams Hall where the next generation of MINI engines will be built. Here’s the official rundown.

Official Release: BMW Group has announced today (12 December) the provision of 1,000 new permanent BMW contracts across its four UK manufacturing plants.

The Group’s MINI plant in Oxford is set to benefit from the majority of the new contracts but the Group’s pressings plant in Swindon, engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars plant in Goodwood, West Sussex are all set to benefit with the recruitment taking place in two phases between 2014 and 2016. Current eligible agency associates will be given priority subject to the normal selection criteria.

As a major UK employer, investor and exporter, this announcement underlines BMW Group’s further commitment to the UK as a strategically important production and sales location for the company. It comes as a result of a major £760m investment programme from 2012-2015 to support the launch of the new MINI, a new generation of three-cylinder engines and the expansion of our business at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

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The initial recruitment phase covers 700 jobs and will start in the New Year with the recruitment process for the remaining 300 contracts starting in 2016. BMW Group’s latest investment programme brings the company’s total investment in the UK to around £2 billion since 2001 and has seen a new body shop built and equipped with 1,000 new robots at its Oxford MINI plant, the debut of various new pressings technologies at the Swindon plant and the Hams Hall engine plant being equipped for a new generation of modular three-cylinder engines.

Source: BMW Group

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Written By: Nathaniel Salzman

  • Derek Waring

    To: Gabe, simply put, the new Ford Mustang is going to kick the new Mini’s ass, Ford will be adding new American jobs to the Ford factory in Dearborn. God bless the U.S.A., stick that in your butt, BMW. P.S., I did own a 2011 Mini Cooper S., brand new, the quality was junk for the price, Gabe… It’s sad that you work for BMW now and have been paid off with your BMW M3. Say hi to Samer for me at Baron Mini for me. Thanks for listening.

    • Frank Granados

      Is there more to the story here?

      • http://bridger.us/ Gabriel Bridger

        Not that I’m aware of. I don’t own an M3, I don’t work for BMW and I like the new Mustang. And I don’t know who Derek is.

        • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

          Yeah, I’m at a loss as well. If either of us actually worked for BMW, I don’t think you’d be able to get us to shut up about it.

        • one9deuce

          Hey Nathaniel, I was using the UK configurator for the F56 and noticed that driving lights weren’t an option. Have you heard if they’re doing away with them for the new generation? I love them and would like to have them on my new MINI. Quad driving lights would be even better.

          I’m very happy my MINI will be made in England, just as I was very happy my Mustang was made in Michigan.

        • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

          Not sure. In the US, the driving lights have always been a dealer-installed accessory. I doubt that would change. There’s a myriad of after-market options if it comes to it.

        • BimmerFile_Michael

          Might not need them with the LED lights… I saw them at night during development and the spread and brightness was more than impressive! (I think they share components with the i3 for economies of scale reasons).

        • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

          I never wanted driving lights from a standpoint of need. I always wanted them from a standpoint of looking bad ass.

        • lawrothegreat

          The F56 will offer them, see this image: http://www.mini.co.uk/model-range/2014-hatch/accessories/ There are several options talked about on the F56 which aren’t on the configurator. I’ve ordered in the UK on that basis, but after speccing a Cooper S with adaptive suspension, heads up display, LED headlights etc., I really can’t afford to add anymore.

        • one9deuce

          Thanks lawrothegreat for the link. Did you notice the modified front black bumper for the driving lights? It looks like the bumper protrudes out farther than the standard one and the lights set on top of that. It’s also a strange t shape.

        • Frank Granados

          Is Derek Waring a deceased British actor?

        • BimmerFile_Michael

          Like the MINI and the Mustang are even in the same class or competitors?

          Does this guy realize BMW is the number 1 exporter of cars from the US?

          Gabe, when did you get an M3 and start working for BMW?

          There are trolls and then there is Derek…. don’t even know where to go.

    • Sebastian Tombs

      I have had a 5.0 Mustang, and still drive my 06 MCS. I love(d) them both for different reasons. At least the current MINI have most of their components come from where they are supposed to be from, unlike the current Mustang with so many parts from China. Most disturbing is the Chinese 6 speed transmission on this American Icon. I hope they correct this with striking new Mustang.

  • Aurel
  • rbMINIman

    What car company exports the most cars out of the U.S.?…BMW.


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