BMW Group takes official possession of the site in Debrecen - VIDEO REPORT

BMW Group takes official possession of the site in Debrecen - VIDEO REPORT

Michele Melchiorre, Director of BMW Group Plant Debrecen, László Papp, Major of Debrecen and Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Preparations for the future BMW Group plant in Debrecen have reached another important milestone. Following successful preparation of the land by the City of Debrecen, BMW Group started the official handover process today, that will be finalized by end of May. In some years, the EUR 1 billion benchmark plant will be able to produce premium cars with traditional as well as with electronic drivetrain on the same production line.

The Munich-based BMW Group, with a history of over a hundred years, is a top premium car and motorcycle manufacturer. It has 31 production and assembly plants in 15 countries altogether, and sells its products in 140 countries around the world. As the owner of BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the company group had a turnover of around EUR 104.2 billion, employing some 126,000 people in 2019 globally.

The factory in Debrecen will be the newest unit in BMW Group's European production network, setting a benchmark in the automotive industry for digitalization, sustainability and adaptability. Top technologies will make it possible to flexibly manufacture premium cars with conventional combustion engines and electric motors on the same production line. The new plant, which will be built in the framework of an EUR 1 billion investment, is planned to make 150,000 cars on a yearly basis, with the creation of 1000 jobs. These figures, however, refer to initial capacity only.

We are very pleased with the progress this project has made and we were able to start with first construction work on plant infrastructure as planned. We remain committed to the plans for the new plant in Debrecen. However, the global economic situation due to coronavirus pandemic has also an impact on construction, there will be adjustments to the plant construction schedule. The complex timeline is now under review, we assume the delay will be several months

– added Michele Melchiorre, Director of BMW Group Plant Debrecen.

Over the past 12 months, the 400-hectare site has been levelled and connected to infrastructure. More than 2,098,000 square metres of soil was removed and backfilled, and around 123,000 meters of underground pipes and about 12,000 meters of rainwater ditches laid. The first 500 piles, which will later ensure the stability of the buildings, have already been laid.

Following Germany and China, Hungary is the third country in the world where all the three German premium car manufacturers, namely Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, are represented with an own production plant. With its plant BMW is the fifth manufacturing OEM in Hungary, opening a new chapter in the history of Hungarian vehicle production, after the decades-old success stories of Audi, Suzuki, Opel and Mercedes-Benz.