BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), Munich, has opened a new engine plant with a light metal facility in Shenyang, China. The new location will produce the latest generation of the BMW TwinPower Turbo three- and four-cylinder engines and forms part of the BBA production network based in Shenyang in northeastern China.
BBA is a long-standing joint venture between the BMW Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. Around 2,000 BBA employees will eventually work at the engine plant.
“This is another milestone in the history of our joint venture and further confirms the success of our cooperation,” said Oliver Zipse, board member, BMW. “The new, groundbreaking engine plant, complete with a light metal foundry, will play an important role within the BMW Group’s worldwide production network. It forms part of our strategy for globally balanced growth with production capacity in the respective regional markets.”
Both the engine plant and the light metal facility incorporate the latest state-of-the-art production standards and will supply BMW Brilliance’s Dadong and Tiexi automotive plants. Capacity, which currently stands up to 300,000 units per year, is tied to production volumes at the two automotive plants.
In 2015, local automotive production reached more than 287,000 units.