|Dr. Stallkamp, MD, BMW Plant Chennai with the 50,000th car
The state-of-the-art BMW Plant Chennai is built to exacting international standards and has highly skilled employees, advanced manufacturing processes, machinery and technologies that compare with the best anywhere else in the world. It started operations in March 2007 and ever since, has continuously increased the number of locally produced car models. The two assembly lines currently produce 8 models including the BMW 1 Series, the BMW 3 Series, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, the BMW 5 Series, the BMW 7 Series, the BMW X1, the BMW X3 and the BMW X5.
Celebrating the ‘Make in India’ initiative, BMW has further strengthened its commitment to the Indian market by increasing the level of localisation at Chennai upto 50 percent. Till date, the Group has invested over INR 4.9 billion (€ 69 million) in the India operations which include the plant in Chennai, a parts warehouse in Mumbai, a training centre in Gurgaon NCR and development of a dealer network across major metropolitan centres of the country. Currently, it has 38 sales outlets in India, a headcount of 650 and has created more than 1,200 additional jobs through its dealer and service network.