The New MINI Will Also Be Produced At The Plant In The Netherlands
|   Monday, February 24, 2014
The new MINI Hatch, whose production began at the MINI plant in Oxford in November 2013, will also be manufactured in the Netherlands, in Born, starting in summer 2014. MINI will be the only car manufacturer that has automobiles mass produced through a subcontract in the Netherlands. 

The BMW Group will benefit from the favorable location of the VDL Nedcar plant in terms of logistics and proximity to the MINI production network in the UK, with plants in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall.
Meanwhile, the BMW Group will significantly increase its presence in the Netherlands, transforming the area into an integral part of the successful MINI story.

"Contract production is a vital flexibility tool for us, and our experience gathered over the past ten years has been nothing but positive. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford and Born will give our global production network additional leeway. We appreciate the reliable, open and trustful cooperation with our Dutch partner, VDL Nedcar," declared Dr. Klaus Draeger.

To implement the strategy of global growth, with sales of over two million cars in 2016, another important step the BMW Group is making is expanding total production capacity.

"The MINI brand is showing substantial growth. This is why we need additional, external production capacity on top of the capacity of the MINI plant in Oxford which stands at about 260,000 units per year in the medium term. VDL Nedcar has many years of experience in producing high quality vehicles, so the company is an ideal partner for us. At the same time, the UK production network is and will remain the heart of MINI production. Splitting production of the new MINI Hatch between Oxford and Born will give us greater flexibility for other models," stated Head of Production Harald Krüger.

The preparations for the new MINI Hatch production start via the subcontractor VDL Nedcar is on schedule. Approximately 1,500 employees will be responsible for production starting from the summer of 2014.

This year, it is anticipated that the MINI volume production at the VDL Nedcar factory in Born, will be expressed by five digits. The same high quality standard will be applied to MINI's production, both at the Oxford plant, as well as at Born. To ensure quality standards, VDL Nedcar employees will receive intensive training in the production system of BMW in BMW's factories from Leipzig, Regensburg and Oxford.

In 2013, 303,177 cars have been produced belonging to the MINI range. The Oxford plant produced 175,986 MINI Hatch, Convertible, Clubman, Clubvan, Roadster and Coupé.

Another 125,559 MINI Countryman and MINI Paceman were manufactured by the subcontractor MSF in Graz (Austria), which added another 1,632 units from other plants. Since the relaunch of the brand in 2001 about 2.8 million MINI cars have been produced.

With the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands, the BMW Group is currently the world leading premium manufacturer of cars and motorcycles. It operates 28 production and assembly facilities spread over 13 countries and has a worldwide sales network over 140 countries.
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