BMW’s New Export Operations Facility in Greer
The German-based luxury car brand is stretching its wings once again in America to develop a new production plant in Greer. The idea is not new as many fans can recall the 2011 announcements about the company’s plans to expand. The new plant in Greer should be situated closer to the inland port so that it is easier to transport vital car parts to the shipping area. The BMW X5 is among the products that will be available at the new export building.
The new facility is more than twice the size of BMW’s largest export facility in Duncan so the company is quite confident that more shipping-related work can take place there. The new facility will be fully operational by the start of next year. The Greer-based export facility will utilize the inland railway system to transport goods from the region to Charleston port. The use of the rail system is more efficient for the company as it will re-use sea containers and reduce on interstate traffic. This new facility will retire 9000 trucks that would have carried the automotive parts across state.
President of BMW Manufacturing, Josef Kerscher said the new export facility allows BMW to invest in new markets which have the potential to grow. BMW vehicles are widely sought after worldwide. He pointed out that the demand for the X3 has been great in certain small markets across the world such as Russia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Egypt and Malaysia. Therefore he is confident that the X5 will be widely received.
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