BMW-to reach the largest plant in the world is a little bigger.
The German car manufacturer said on Monday, a further 1,000 jobs and invest $ 600 million in the plant as part of a plan to increase the annual production, how many of 450,000 vehicles.“It’s a big day for us here in Spartanburg and South Carolina, and BMW group,” said Harald Krüger, the Chairman of BMW. “The workforce of over 10,000 people, that is, from my point of view, clearly a symbol of success.”
The BMW plant in Spartanburg is the company’s largest Assembly plant in the world, with more than 9,000 employees and building more than 411,000 SUVs and crossovers in the last year.
Krüger marked the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the plans to build the South Carolina plant, the unveiling of the latest version of the X3 crossover utility vehicle.
While BMW’s investment and plan to hire more workers in South Carolina, welcomed by President Donald Trump, the move comes just a few months after the President blasted the German automotive manufacturer as part of a wider complaint about Germany’s trade surplus with the United States
“You can build cars in the United States, but for every car in the USA, you will pay a 35-percent tax,” Trump told the German newspaper Bild earlier this year.
Krueger denies is BMW to appease expenditures and leasing in South Carolina as a way of the President.
“It was already in planning before the [Trump], because we have long-term strategic planning, but also the success of the US market is something that was important for us,” he said.
Kruger, together with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, met with Trump in March and he is aware, these are difficult times for car manufacturers in the United States
The President moves to renegotiate NAFTA, and many are wondering what kind of tariff, if any, could be slapped on cars imported from Mexico and Canada. Last year, the two countries are about 20 percent of the 17.5 million vehicles in the US were sold
Under pressure from the White house, Ford scrapped plans to build a new small car plant in Mexico to change, and BMW, however, with its expansion plans South of the border.
The company is the construction of a final Assembly plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, opening in 2019, the manufacture of the company’s most popular vehicle, the 3 Series.
Tariff on imported
As for a possible tariff on imported vehicles, Krueger is not concerned after his talks with the President.
“We have explained, when I was in Washington with the German Chancellor, and confirmed the opportunity to talk about our business here in Spartanburg, and the President, how successful our operation here in South Carolina,” said Krueger. “I could argue and explain that it is the President that our success is based on free trade, because we are the largest net exporter for the United States.”