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BMW Ups the Efficiency-Improvement Ante

BMW Ups the Efficiency-Improvement Ante

Tuesday, June 17, 2008
 
Automotive News Europe recently reported that BMW management is expecting its plants to show efficiency gains of 7 to 8 percent per year, up significantly from the 5 percent demanded from its factories in the past. The report says that the BMW plant in Spartanburg, SC, in the midst of a $750 million expansion, has a jump-start on meeting the new efficiency-gain goal, as it has recently reduced by 30 percent the amount of time it takes to assemble a door. The time reduction came as a result of the assembly line introducing what plant managers refer to as a supermarket system for door assembly, where workers gather all of the parts they’ll need for a door in one trip, rather than making several trips to gather parts. Efficiency gains such as this are expected to enable the plant to boost its annual capacity to 240,000 units, from the current 160,000 units, by 2012.

 

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