BMW Group Purchasing steps up sustainability activities and paves the way for future e-mobility growth

BMW:BMW Group Purchasing steps up sustainability activities and paves the way for future e-mobility growth

Munich. The BMW Group is increasingly gearing up its
purchasing for future growth in e-mobility and setting new standards
for sustainability. The expansion of e-mobility makes value creation
in the supplier network more important than ever, both with respect to
CO2 emissions and sourcing of so-called critical raw materials, like
those needed for producing battery cells.

“We believe sustainability is an integral part of all purchasing
activities. So, as we accommodate the planned growth in electrified
vehicles in the supplier network, we are at the same time integrating
our sustainability requirements into all contract awards. In this way,
we are taking sustainable development to the next level. Particularly
as a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability
and take responsibility,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board
of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network.

The BMW Group aims to have more than seven million electrified
vehicles on the roads by 2030 – two thirds of them fully-electric. At
this scale, BMW Group Purchasing is ensuring not only that the supply
chain can handle higher volumes, but also implement requirements for
sustainable development. In this way, BMW Group Purchasing is making a
vital contribution to the company’s transformation towards e-mobility.


High flexibility accommodates growing demand for e-mobility

Growing demand for electrified vehicles will also increase the need
for the components and parts that go into producing these vehicles.
With regard to battery cells, in particular, BMW Group Purchasing is
implementing various measures to accommodate this growth. The BMW
Group sources the current fifth-generation battery cells from four
suppliers – making it less dependent on individual suppliers.

“Volume flexibility is a basic premise and decisive criterion in the
selection of our battery cell suppliers. For our fifth-generation
battery cells, we have agreed 20% flexibility in the quantities to be
purchased: in both directions – up and down,” added Wendt.

Since the battery cell accounts for much of the cost of the drive
train in electrified vehicles, this is a key lever for long-term cost
reduction. The main focus is on cell raw materials and battery cell
production. The BMW Group is therefore consolidating its extensive
know-how in these areas at its own Battery Cell Competence Centre.

Focus on sustainability makes an impact on the BMW iX

The BMW Group is steadily expanding its sustainability activities in
parallel with the strong growth in e-mobility. Purchasing focuses on
three main areas: 1. compliance with environmental and social
standards and respect for human rights; 2. protecting natural
resources; and 3. reducing CO2 emissions in the supply chain.

These measures are already delivering results in the BMW iX (combined
power consumption: < 21 kWh/100km in the WLTP test cycle*; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km): Relying on renewable green power to produce battery cells and increased use of secondary material reduces CO2 emissions in the BMW iX supply chain by 17%, compared to the same vehicle produced without these measures.

At the same time, the BMW Group is also limiting its use of critical
raw materials and has reduced the amount of cobalt in the cathode
material for the current fifth-generation battery cells to less than
10% and increased the amount of secondary nickel to up to 50%. The
e-drive no longer requires the use of rare earths.

Compliance with environmental and social standards controlled
through transparent processes before, during and after the contract
is awarded 

The BMW Group is a trailblazer for corporate due diligence in the
supplier network. As early as 2008, the company began addressing this
issue and subsequently insisted on comprehensive environmental and
social standards when commissioning deliverables for the BMW i3. Since
2014, all BMW Group direct suppliers have been contractually obliged
to respect human rights, comply with expanded environmental and social
standards and to introduce management systems to promote occupational
safety and protect the environment. These requirements must also be
contractually passed on to subcontractors.

“We don’t just hand off responsibility to the supplier network; we
take responsibility jointly with our direct suppliers. We benefit from
our years of experience and are creating processes to achieve better
transparency and traceability,” explained Wendt.

BMW Group Purchasing does not rely on contractual obligations alone
for this, but is also implementing a large number of additional
measures as part of a transparent process. A risk filter is used to
evaluate potential supplier locations worldwide even before the call
for bids. The next step is to require possible suppliers to outline
their sustainability activities in a detailed questionnaire. External
partners also work with internal appraisers to review selected locations.

Compliance with the defined sustainability requirements is a
prerequisite for awarding a contract. Throughout the contract period,
external partners work with internal appraisers to verify compliance
with sustainability requirements through questionnaires and audits.

If discrepancies arise during any of these steps, the BMW Group
agrees on corresponding measures with the suppliers. In this way, BMW
Group Purchasing is monitoring thousands of locations every year.

The company has also established a procedure that can be used to
report non-compliance with social and environmental standards anonymously.

Special focus on critical raw materials

Eliminating infringements of human rights and environmental standards
presents a particular challenge in the case of critical raw materials
– for example, for lithium and cobalt, both of which are key
components for production of battery cells. For both raw materials,
BMW Group Purchasing has therefore implemented additional measures to
ensure cobalt extraction and processing takes place in compliance with
sustainability standards and to avoid problems with working
conditions, e.g. child labour. The company is therefore sourcing
cobalt and lithium directly from the mines and making it available to
battery cell suppliers.

“As well as guaranteeing predictable pricing, this enables us to
anchor our sustainability standards in contracts and ensure cobalt and
lithium are mined and processed in an environmentally and socially
sustainable manner. We saw this for ourselves when we inspected mines
in Australia and Morocco,” explained Wendt.

Another major challenge is ensuring respect for human rights and
compliance with environmental, health and safety standards for
extraction of raw materials when the process is not industrialised,
but takes place under the most basic artisanal conditions. For this
reason, as part of its corporate due diligence, the BMW Group is
actively taking responsibility and participating in local projects,
based on the principle of “empowerment before withdrawal”. In 2018,
the BMW Group joined forces with other partners to create the
cross-sector “Cobalt for Development” initiative in Congo. The aim of
the project, which is implemented by the German Agency for
International Cooperation (GIZ) is to develop and professionalise
artisanal mining in the region, so that it meets the BMW Group’s high
sustainability requirements and could again become an option for
sourcing cobalt in the long term.

Additional sustainability measures for other critical raw

The BMW Group has implemented additional measures to tighten
compliance with environmental and social standards for the additional
critical raw materials. Here, BMW Group Purchasing goes beyond
contractually agreed sustainability standards and is getting more
involved in the supply chain through corresponding agreements made
directly at particularly critical points in the supply chain.

Mines and smelters are a focal point: Here, direct contact can be
increased through collaborations. It is also important that mines and
smelters are certified according to strict, internationally recognised
standards. To this end, BMW Group Purchasing is actively involved in
international standardisation initiatives focused on raw material
extraction, such as the IRMA standard, which is the most accepted,
most ambitious and most comprehensive of all mining standards.

However, expansion of other local projects like “Cobalt for
Development” is also conceivable, as well as extending direct
purchasing of critical raw materials.

Responsible management of natural resources

In addition to compliance with environmental and social standards and
respect for human rights, responsible management of nature’s finite
resources also plays a central role.

To safeguard reserves of critical raw materials, the BMW Group has
set itself the goal of significantly increasing the percentage of
recycled raw materials it uses, so-called secondary material, by 2030
and using raw materials multiple times in a circular economy. The
growth in e-mobility makes the idea of the circular economy
increasingly important, because of the many critical raw materials
needed for battery cells. Secondary material reduces CO2 emissions
substantially compared to primary materials: by about factor four to
six for aluminium.

Reduction of CO2 emissions in supply chain delivering results

The BMW Group aims to reduce supply chain CO2 emissions per vehicle
by 20% from 2019 levels by 2030. Without corrective measures, CO2
emissions per vehicle in the BMW Group supply chain would increase by
more than a third by 2030 – mainly due to highly energy-intensive
production of battery cells and increased use of aluminium. The
company intends to reverse this trend. One of the ways it is doing so
is by making carbon footprint a decision criterion in its contract
award processes. In particular, the use of green electricity for the
production of the battery cells in the BMW iX has led to a significant
reduction in CO2 emissions in the supply chain.

Original Press Release

Endurance test at the North Cape: The BMW iX undergoes final winter testing.

BMW:Endurance test at the North Cape: The BMW iX undergoes final winter testing.

Munich. A year prior to market launch, the series
development process for the BMW iX is forging ahead as scheduled.
Following the presentation of the final design of the BMW iX at the
#NEXTGen 2020 in Munich, prototypes of the new technology flagship are
now ready for final winter testing north of Scandinavia. The endurance
test, which is being held under extreme weather conditions beyond the
Arctic Circle, serves, among other things, the fine tuning of drive
and suspension systems. Moreover, the electric motors, four-wheel
drive system as well as charging technology, high-voltage batteries
and heat management are put to the demanding acid test under sub-zero temperatures.

The tuning and test drives take the prototypes of the BMW iX as far
as Europe’s most northerly regions. On deserted roads in Finnish
Lapland and to the North Cape on the Norwegian island of Magerøya,
both the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology and the suspension
control systems have to prove their functionality and reliability in
particularly demanding road and weather conditions. In the process,
test engineers evaluate above all the interaction between drive and
suspensions systems on road surfaces with a low friction coefficient.
Unsecured tracks, icy roads and ice surfaces especially prepared for
test-driving on the edge of the Arctic Circle offer the ideal
conditions to precisely coordinate the motor control technology, the
electric four-wheel drive and suspension control systems right up to
the limits of longitudinal and lateral vehicle dynamics.

The BMW iX is the first model based on a new, modular and scalable
future BMW Group construction concept. It was conceived from the
outset for purely electric mobility, and with the latest development
stage of BMW eDrive Technology, intelligent lightweight construction
and optimized aerodynamic characteristics it sets new benchmarks in
efficiency within the competitive environment of the luxury Sports
Activity Vehicle (SAV). Two electric motors together generate a
maximum power output of more than 370 kW/500 hp according to current
calculations. An integral part of the endurance test at the North Cape
is also the final tuning of the intelligent four-wheel drive system
BMW xDrive and adaptive adjustment of the axle-specific yaw moment,
which in addition to stability and traction also constantly optimizes
the BMW iX’s efficiency. The aim of the development is to achieve an
extremely low combined power consumption of less than 21 kWh per 100
kilometres in the WLTP test cycle and a range of more than 600
kilometres, likewise according to WLTP, values which are untypical of
this class.

During the winter test, the components of BMW eDrive Technology are
faced with very special challenges. The high-voltage batteries and the
charging technology undergo in extremely low outdoor temperatures
field testing for everyday use in the deep of winter. Likewise,
displays informing of charge level, range and operating status as well
as the heat management system, which constantly ensures the optimum
operation temperature of the drive system and high-voltage batteries,
demonstrate their resistance to extreme sub-zero temperatures. 

Within the shortest time, the challenging test programme demands more
from the BMW iX prototypes than the future production models have to
withstand during their entire life cycle. The evaluation of all test
results and the resultant fine tuning of all drive and suspension
components of the BMW iX will pave the way during the coming months
for the launch of a new era of driving pleasure.

Combined power consumption:
< 21 kWh/100km in the WLTP test cycle*; CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km.
* Data on driving performance,
energy consumption and range are preliminary and based on forecasts.

Original Press Release

New film “The Drop” again invites the global BMW M Community to “M Town”.

BMW:New film “The Drop” again invites the global BMW M Community to “M Town”.

Munich. “Welcome to M Town”: With a new film, the BMW
M GmbH is continuing its successful campaign focusing on the global
BMW M Community’s virtual Eldorado. The “The Drop” attracts horsepower
enthusiasts and petrolheads once again to “M Town”, where, since 2018,
everything has revolved around the most powerful letter in the world
and the passion for high performance. This time, director Micky
Sülzer, who was already responsible for the iconic videos about the
special life attitude in “M Town” two years ago, is presenting the
broad spectrum of current BMW M models, some of which boast extremely
eye-catching body colours, whilst incorporating special vehicles from
BMW M’s Heritage fleet, including a red BMW E30 M3.

“M Town is the most successful digital campaign from the BMW M GmbH,
particularly as the entire BMW M Community throughout the world
actively participates and shapes it. This enthusiasm and this
identification create that very special something that makes BMW M so
unique. Therefore, we are happy to continue this success story with
the next film whilst also giving a small glimpse into the future,”
says Lothar Schupet, Director Global Sales and Marketing BMW M.

Since 2018, “M Town” has served as the social and digital
communication platform for BMW M fans all over the world. They
register with as citizens of  “M Town” and create their own
individual digital BMW M pass. “M Town” stands for unique
storytelling, original online videos, numerous creative products in
the BMW M Town
merchandising shop
and a large number of events around the
globe. Visitors to BMW Welt in Munich gain a very realistic impression
of “M Town” on a specially designed 180 square metre exhibition area.

As we are familiar with from the previous online videos, numerous BMW
M vehicles also play the leading role in the new film “The Drop”. A
total of 18 various models from BMW M’s latest range make shorter or
longer appearances in “The Drop”. The spectrum of exceptional
high-performance vehicles ranges from the BMW M2 CS (combined fuel
consumption: 10.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
238 g/km*) to the BMW M8 Gran Coupe (combined fuel consumption:
10.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 244 g/km*). In
addition to some hidden highlights, special one-offs such as the BMW
M2 by FUTURA 2000 and the BMW M3 Pickup from the year 2011, which
delivers a charging station, are also featured. So, for the first time
in an “M Town” film, the BMW M GmbH is offering a small glimpse into
an electrifying future and blending “Utopia” with the real future.
2021 will already witness the first electrified model from BMW M as a
performance variant based on the new BMW i4, and further models –
including high-performance vehicles – are to follow.

The protagonist of the film, in which notable influencers from the
automotive scene were also involved, drives a red BMW E30 M3 from the
BMW M Heritage fleet. Moreover, BMW M GmbH classics are represented by
a M3 GTS, a BMW M3 CRT, a BMW M4 GTS and a BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

Totally in line with the Community concept, the new film showcases
not only vehicles from the BMW M GmbH fundus but also from “M Town”
citizens. For this purpose, members of the BMW M Community provided
their own vehicles for the shooting of the film. These special places
had been previously raffled off in an online campaign.


Created by Jung von Matt

Produced by Zauberberg Productions

Directed by Micky Sülzer


Combined fuel consumption: 10.4 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 238 g/km*.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe:

Combined fuel consumption: 10.7 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 244 g/km*.
*The fuel
consumption, CO2 emissions, electric power consumption and
range figures were based on the new WLTP test cycle and translated
back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure comparability
between the vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for
vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on
CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ from
the values stated here (depending on national legislation). 

Original Press Release

Your World. My BMW. The new-generation app for BMW customers. Now available in 30 European markets, China and Korea.

BMW:Your World. My BMW. The new-generation app for BMW customers. Now available in 30 European markets, China and Korea.

Munich. Ever since the introduction of the BMW i
Remote app in 2013, followed by the BMW Connected app, BMW has offered
its customers the option of effortless connectivity between their
smartphone and vehicle. A new-generation app is now available to
customers in 30 European markets, China and Korea: the My BMW App
features a new-look design, intuitive and simplified user experience,
and new services to support individual electromobility.

“With the new app generation, we are taking a further step in
extending the digital customer experience around our vehicles and thus
meeting the increased customer demand for digital services and
functions,” said Peter Henrich, Senior Vice President BMW Group
Connected Company Customer. “With the My BMW App and the

MINI App, we seamlessly integrate our vehicles into the digital
lifestyle of our customers. Both apps offer a lot of useful content
both for the daily use of the vehicle and in the personal interaction
with us as a brand, which we are continuously expanding”.

Stephan Durach, Senior Vice President BMW Group Connected Company
Development, Technical Operations, adds: “My BMW and the MINI App set
the standard for usability, safety and reliability. User feedback and
information on the behaviour of users of the previous generation of
the app were critical to the development process. The two apps include
popular and frequently used functions, and the new platform allows us
to continuously add new functionality, adapted to our customers’ needs.”

Summary of highlights

  • The My BMW App is the new universal interface to
    the vehicle. It displays information on the status of the vehicle
    and, depending on the equipment, allows functions to be activated
    remotely (e.g. to locate the vehicle, lock and unlock the doors, or
    monitor the vehicle surroundings (Remote 3D View)).
  • Destinations are easy to find via the integrated search function
    and can be sent directly from the app to the vehicle’s navigation
    system. It is also possible to transmit destinations from
    third-party apps. The map shows the current traffic situation,
    filling stations and charging stations, as well as parking options.
  • Customers are informed of available Remote Software
    via the
    My BMW App and can easily download
    these upgrades at home before transferring them to and installing
    them in the vehicle. With Remote Software Upgrades, the BMW Group
    offers customers with BMW Operating System 7 new and improved
    digital features on a regular basis and the ability to ensure that
    their vehicle software is always up to date.
  • The BMW Digital Key, which turns an iPhone into a
    vehicle key, offers convenient set-up via the My BMW App in just a
    few steps (the necessary hardware needs to be available in the
    vehicle). The BMW can then be used without a physical key and this
    access can be shared with up to five other people. If desired,
    restricted rights, such as a reduced maximum speed, can also be
    applied when sending a key – perfect for novice drivers.
  • With My BMW, Amazon Alexa can be used in vehicles
    with BMW Operating System 7. Once the customer has linked their
    Amazon account in the app, they can use the voice assistant in the
    vehicle by saying the activation word “Alexa” or at the touch of a
    button. Customers can use this voice control to play music, access
    news, control compatible smart home devices and access thousands of
    skills. Alexa is initially available in Germany, Austria, Spain,
    Italy and Great Britain. The voice service will be rolled out in
    more countries from March 2021.
  • The app offers additional features for electrified BMW
    , including an improved overview of the electric
    range, charging status and charging history. Customers can use the
    charge and climate timer to optimise the charging process by
    defining specific time slots for charging and set departure times.
    Pre-conditioning is also available (to heat the vehicle in winter or
    cool it in summer, for example) for enhanced comfort.
  • With the introduction of BMW Points, customers
    will be rewarded for electric driving in a BMW plugin hybrid model:
    customers collect points and can then redeem them for free charging
    time from BMW Charging. The My BMW App allows
    customers to keep track of their BMW Points and to manage them. BMW
    Points is already available in Belgium, Germany, France, Austria,
    the Netherlands and Switzerland.
  • Personalisation: Once linked with a personal BMW
    , individual preferences can be set in any current BMW
    vehicle quickly and automatically. Thanks to the My BMW App, logging
    in is now even easier – instead of manually entering a username and
    password, customers can simply scan a QR code to securely transfer
    their user settings. Users can also choose a profile picture via the
    app, which is now automatically transferred to the vehicle.
  • The My BMW App offers easy access to the BMW ecosystem. It can be
    used to contact BMW Service Partners directly, and
    customers can keep an eye on their vehicle’s service requirements in
    the app. Service appointments can be made directly from the app if
    needed. BMW Roadside Assistance can also be contacted via the app in
    the event of problems with the vehicle. If consent is given, the
    service personnel will see the location of the vehicle and its
    status so that immediate over-the-air assistance can be provided. At
    the same time, customers can track the service vehicle’s journey.
    The app also offers easy access to the BMW ConnectedDrive Store and
    the BMW Online Shop.

The new-generation app can be downloaded free of charge from the
Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. By mid-2021, My BMW will be
available in 23 languages and more than 40 countries, including the
USA, Canada, Brazil and Mexico, as well as additional markets in
Southeast Asia.

You can find more information on related topics here:

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Original Press Release

Tap into your MINI with the new app generation for customers and fans.

BMW:Tap into your MINI with the new app generation for customers and fans.

Munich. By means of a built-in 4G-SIM Card and the
MINI Connected App, MINI has been offering its customers a seamless
connection between smartphone and vehicle since 2018. As of today, a
new app generation is available for customers in 30 European markets
and Korea: The MINI App comes in a new design, with
intuitive and simplified user experience and new services supporting
individual electromobility.

“With the new app generation, we are taking a further step in
extending the digital customer experience around our vehicles and thus
meeting the increased customer demand for digital services and
functions,” said Peter Henrich, Senior Vice President BMW Group
Connected Company Customer. “With the My BMW App and the MINI
App, we seamlessly integrate our vehicles into the digital lifestyle
of our customers. Both apps offer a lot of useful content both for the
daily use of the vehicle and in the personal interaction with us as a
brand, which we are continuously expanding”.

Stephan Durach, Senior Vice President BMW Group Connected Company
Development, Technical Operations, adds: “My BMW and the MINI App set
the standard for usability, safety and reliability. User feedback and
information on the behaviour of users of the previous generation of
the app were critical to the development process. The two apps include
popular and frequently used functions, and the new platform allows us
to continuously add new functionality, adapted to our customers’ needs.”

MINI App features and highlights

    The MINI App is the new universal interface to the vehicle. It
    displays information about the status of the vehicle and, given
    required options, allows access to remote services as, for instance,
    locating the vehicle or locking and unlocking the doors.
  • HANDY NAVIGATION FEATURES. Destinations are easy to
    find using the integrated search function and can be sent directly
    from the app to the vehicle’s navigation system. It is also possible
    to send destinations from third-party apps. The map shows the
    current traffic situation, petrol stations and charging stations as
    well as parking facilities.
    The app offers new services for the MINI
    Countryman Plug-In Hybrid and the all-electric MINI Cooper SE, e.g.
    an improved overview of the electrical range, the charging status
    and charging history. Using the app’s charging and climate timer,
    customers can optimise the charging process by defining specific
    time windows and departure times. In addition, the vehicle can be
    pre-conditioned (e.g. by heating in winter or cooling in summer) to
    increase comfort.
    MINI App enables direct contact with a MINI Service Partner and
    customers can keep an eye on their vehicle’s service requirements.
    If required, an appointment can be made directly in the app. The
    MINI Roadside Assistance can also be reached via the app in the
    event of problems with the vehicle. If approval is given, service
    staff can see the location of the vehicle and its status for
    immediate over-the-air assistance. At the same time, customers can
    track the arrival of the service vehicle. The MINI Online Shop can
    also be conveniently accessed from the app.

The new app generation can be downloaded free of charge from the
Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. By mid-2021 the MINI App
will be available in more than 40 countries and 23 languages.

Original Press Release

Focus on production: BMW Motorsport to call time on its Formula E involvement after Season 7.

BMW:Focus on production: BMW Motorsport to call time on its Formula E involvement after Season 7.

Munich. After seven successful years, BMW Group will end its
involvement in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at the end
of the coming season. As a partner from the word go, BMW has
consistently supported the Formula E project and been instrumental
in the series’ success story. BMW has enjoyed victories and podiums
with the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team. BMW Group has always used
Formula E as a tech lab for production.

The same engineers who develop the drivetrains for electric
production vehicles are also responsible for the drivetrains in the
race cars. Examples of the successful transfer of technology between
the Formula E project and production development include new findings
regarding energy management and energy efficiency, the transfer of
software for power electronics from racing to production, and an
improvement in the power density of the e-motors.  

When it comes to the development of e-drivetrains, BMW Group has
essentially exhausted the opportunities for this form of technology
transfer in the competitive environment of Formula E.

Furthermore, the strategic focus of BMW Group is shifting within the
field of e-mobility. In the future, greater emphasis will be placed on
the comprehensive scaling of the offering and global production. BMW
Group plans to have put one million electric vehicles on the roads by
the end of 2021. The goal is to increase this figure to seven million
by 2030, of which two-thirds will be fully-electric.

Since entering a works team in Season 5, BMW i Andretti Motorsport
has claimed four victories, four pole positions and nine podiums in
its 24 races so far. In the coming season, the team will do everything
it can to achieve as much sporting success on the track as possible
with the BMW iFE.21 and drivers Maximilian Günther (GER) and Jake
Dennis (GBR).

Original Press Release

BMW Group founds company: IDEALworks GmbH to develop and distribute innovative robots and management software for logistics solutions

BMW:BMW Group founds company: IDEALworks GmbH to develop and distribute innovative robots and management software for logistics solutions

Munich. The BMW Group breaks new ground in the field
of logistics as it founds IDEALworks GmbH – a fully-owned subsidiary
headquartered in Munich. The aim is to become a leading supplier of
autonomous robotics solutions in the logistics sector. The name
“IDEAL” stands for  Industry
Driven Engineering for
Autonomous Logistics.

“In founding IDEALworks, we are creating a new business segment for
our logistics solutions. In recent years, our logistics innovation
team has been working in depth on the digitalization and
automatization of production logistics and has developed some unique
solutions. The Smart Transport Robot, STR, in particular has met with
great response and has seen demand from both within and outside of the
BMW Group.  Founding IDEALworks GmbH is now the logical next step for
the BMW Group as a driver of innovation,” explained Milan Nedeljković,
the member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for
Production, to mark its foundation.

“We are entering completely new terrain with IDEALworks GmbH.  Up
until now, our development has focused on automotive production and
its logistics,” said Jimmy Nassif, CTO IDEALworks GmbH. He continued:
“Our perspective is changing now. We are becoming a provider of
logistics robotics beyond the automotive industry. We are preparing
some innovations for the coming months.”

Since 2015, the innovations team from BMW Group Logistics has
been working on future-focused industry 4.0 solutions in the fields of
virtual reality, augmented reality, in- and outdoor logistics robots,
paperless logistics and smart devices. Many of these solutions are
already in series production at BMW Group production locations. In
2019, BMW Group Logistics received the prestigious Deutscher Logistik
Preis [German Logistics Award]. The Smart Transport Robot and its
management software were also recognized as part of this award.

IDEALworks GmbH launches its first product with the Smart
Transport Robot

The Smart Transport Robot, STR, was developed in 2015 in
collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute. The flat, autonomous and
mobile robots can transport goods weighing up to one ton to their
destination. They independently calculate the best route and move
freely around the space using the SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and
Mapping) navigation method. The SLAM algorithm does not require
permanent navigation transmitters to be installed in buildings and can
therefore be set up quickly in a new environment without requiring any
structural adjustments. An integrated battery module from the BMW i3
is able to supply the STR with power for at least an entire shift. The
next generation of the STR will be rolled out at the end of 2020.
Currently, more than 130 STRs are already in series production at
several different BMW Group production sites.

Successful pilot projects in the non-automotive sector

“With the Smart Transport Robot, we have launched a highly
competitive product. From October  onwards, we have been carrying out
pilot projects at companies from a wide range of industries. These
trials show just how robust and versatile the STR is,” explained
Markus Bauer, COO IDEALworks GmbH. “The success of the pilot
project and the resulting demand for the STR were decisive in founding
IDEALworks GmbH. We want to develop IDEALworks into a top player among
the providers of industrial logistics robots in the long term,”
Bauer continued.

The new company IDEALworks GmbH is located in Munich.

In its initial phase, the team consists of around 30 experts from a
wide range of fields and nationalities.

Get in touch with IDEALworks here:

Communications at IDEALworks GmbH:

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Telephone: + 49 89 382-31181


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Telephone: + 49 89 382-25885




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The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.






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BMW Group Plant Leipzig prepares for production of a future MINI crossover.

BMW:BMW Group Plant Leipzig prepares for production of a future MINI crossover.

Der In 2023 the first MINI “born in Germany” will roll off the
assembly lines at BMW Group Plant Leipzig. Following a decision by
the BMW Group, production of the all-new successor to the current
MINI Countryman will be contracted out to the facility in Saxony,
making it the BMW Group’s first German site to produce both BMW and
MINI vehicles. As it will be manufacturing both the combustion- and

electrically powered versions of the forthcoming MINI crossover,
Plant Leipzig has been the subject of an investment programme to
ensure suitable expansion of its production capacity, including
e-drive component assembly. 

The realignment of the MINI product portfolio will see the brand
strengthen its commitment to electromobility and the crossover
segment, which continues to grow around the world. The successor to
the popular MINI Countryman will come with a choice of front- or
all-wheel drive, with highly efficient petrol or diesel engines, or
an all-electric drive. BMW Group Plant Leipzig will launch
production of the forthcoming generation of crossovers for the
premium compact segment in 2023. 

“Over the last few years, we have worked continuously to lead our
plant into a successful future. This contract to produce the
successor to the MINI Countryman gives us another major milestone to
work towards,” says Hans-Peter Kemser, Director of BMW Group Plant

“It is clear evidence of the company’s faith in our expertise and
our site, and fantastic news for the future of our plant.” 

Since opening in 2005, Plant Leipzig has constantly increased its
production capacity. The latest investment programme to reach
completion comprised extensions and upgrades to the body and paint
shops, assembly and logistics, and totalled around €300 million.
With production capacity now at more than 350,000 units per year,
BMW Group Plant Leipzig has the best possible prerequisites for
expanding its product portfolio to include the new MINI model. 

Thanks to its extremely flexible production processes, BMW Group
Plant Leipzig will be able to deliver a wide variety of drives for
the forthcoming generation of the MINI Countryman. Since launching
production of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in 2014, it has become
the pilot plant for BMW’s state-of-the-art front-wheel drive
architecture. It currently manufactures the BMW 2 Series Active
Tourer, and both the front- and all-wheel drive variants of the new
BMW 1 Series.

The site in Saxony is also the birthplace of BMW Group
electromobility. Since 2013, it has manufactured over 200,000
all-electric BMW i3 (fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km;
electricity consumption combined: 13.1 kWh/100 km; CO

emissions combined: 0 g/km) and BMW i3s (fuel consumption
combined: 0.0 l/100 km; electricity consumption combined: 14.6 – 14
kWh/100 km; CO

emissions combined: 0 g/km) vehicles. 

In the years ahead, the team’s experience in electromobility will
come to bear even more, as a further investment of more than €100
million is now adding an assembly facility for e-drive components to
BMW Group Plant Leipzig. Due to go on stream as early as 2021, the
new facility will make Plant Leipzig a member of the BMW Group’s
international production network for high-voltage batteries. It will
cover an area of some 10,000 square metres and run a highly
automated process to assemble lithium-ion cells brought in from
suppliers into standardised battery modules. These will then be
combined to create model-specific battery packs for BMW and MINI
cars. So the electrified variants of the forthcoming successor to
the current MINI Countryman will be made in Leipzig and fitted with
locally assembled battery modules. 

Please contact us if you have any questions: 

Kai Lichte, 

Head of Communications BMW Group Plants Leipzig, Berlin, Eisenach 

Phone: +49-176-601-51240 


Andreas Lampka, Head of Communication MINI 

Phone: +49-89-382-23662 




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BMW Group paves the way for production network of the future

BMW:BMW Group paves the way for production network of the future

Systematic transformation towards electromobility +++ Investment of
400 million euros in new assembly for plant in Munich +++ Fixed
costs reduced by 500 million euros +++ New cluster vehicle
architecture from mid-decade on +++ Smart management of plant
capacity strengthens competitiveness

Munich. The BMW Group is speeding up the shift
towards electromobility and strengthening its global network for
production of electrified vehicles. The company is investing 400
million euros in a new vehicle assembly at the main plant in Munich
and concentrating its European production activities for internal
combustion engines at the Steyr and Hams Hall locations. “We are
systematically implementing our electrification strategy. By the end
of 2022, each of our German plants will be producing at least one
fully electric vehicle,” according to Milan Nedeljković, member of the
Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Production.

The BMW Group has one of the automotive industry’s most flexible
production systems worldwide. “We are capable of producing both
vehicles with combustion engines and electric drive trains on a single
line and responding flexibly to customer requests,” said Nedeljković:
“This is a crucial success factor.” Nedeljković has been in charge of
the Production Division for just over a year. “During the Covid-19
crisis, we have proved that we can respond swiftly and effectively to
even highly volatile market developments and, at the same time,
permanently improve our cost structure,” underlined the Production
head. “The progress made this year will reduce our fixed costs by
about half a billion euros by the end of the coming year.

Construction of new vehicle assembly at Plant Munich

The BMW Group is systematically gearing its main plant in Munich
towards the future. Following the expansion of the body shop and
construction of a new resource-efficient paint shop between 2016 and
2018, the company will be investing around 400 million euros in a new
vehicle assembly between now and 2026. “We are continually developing
Plant Munich towards electromobility and creating efficient and
competitive production structures for this purpose,” explained
Nedeljković. “This decision signals our strong commitment to the
Munich location.”

Manfred Schoch, Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Chairman
of the European and General Works Council of BMW AG: “The decision to
build a new assembly at our almost 100-year-old Munich plant shows
that transformation can secure, and even create, industrial jobs in
the heart of the city – if it is approached strategically, and with
courage. This decision provides a model for successful transformation
in the German industry.”

The future assembly and its production processes will be designed for
a new cluster architecture geared towards electric drive trains.
Nedeljković: “This architecture will be in use from the middle of the
decade. It will ramp up for the first time at our future plant in
Debrecen, Hungary, before being rolled out across our global
production network in stages.”

The new assembly in Munich will be built on the site currently used
for engine production. The combustion engines with four, six, eight
and 12 cylinders produced there will be manufactured at the company’s
locations in Steyr in Austria and Hams Hall in the UK going forward.
“Restructuring our engine production network is a strategic move
geared towards the future. We are also boosting our efficiency and
optimising our capacity utilisation,” explained Nedeljković.

Engine production will be relocated from
Munich in stages by no later than 2024.

The employees will go on to work in different planning and production
areas at the Munich location or other sites in Bavaria. At its
Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing alone, the
company will increase employee numbers from 1,000 currently to up to
2,000. “The transformation of our plants and securing future jobs go
hand in hand,” underlined Ilka Horstmeier, member of the Board of
Management of BMW AG responsible for Human Resources, with regard to
the upcoming structural changes in engine production. “Here in Munich,
we will prove once again that the BMW workforce can handle change. Our
employees will receive intensive support and training throughout this
process.” More than 50,000 people at BMW Group have already been
trained for electromobility since 2009.

Transformation towards electromobility

The realignment of the production network is based on three
priorities: transformation towards electromobility and digitalisation;
efficiency of processes and structures; and sustainability in
production and logistics. The expansion of electromobility in the
production network continues. Our Chinese plant in Dadong also began
producing the BMW iX3* this year. “By the end of 2022, all German
plants will have at least one fully-electric vehicle in their
programme,” underlined Nedeljković. From next year, the BMW i4 and
BMW iX* will come off the production lines in Munich and Dingolfing
respectively. Fully-electric variants of the new BMW 7 Series and the
future BMW 5 Series are also ready to go in Dingolfing. Plant
Regensburg will also start manufacturing the new BMW X1 in 2022, which
will be available both with an combustion engine and a fully-electric
drive train. From 2023, BMW Group Plant Leipzig, which has built the
iconic BMW i3* electric car since 2013, will produce the successor to
the MINI Countryman, with a combustion engine and as a fully-electric variant.

At the same time, the BMW Group is expanding its capacity for
manufacturing electric drive trains. The company is investing in
production equipment for highly integrated e-drives and high-voltage
batteries at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in
Dingolfing. The Leipzig and Regensburg locations are also currently
setting up equipment for production of battery modules and
high-voltage batteries from 2021. In parallel, the company is also
increasing production capacity for e-drive housings at Plant Steyr.

“Allocating capacity in this way places a deliberate emphasis on the
flexibility of our plants and makes them more efficient and more
competitive. Long-term agreements with employee representatives also
play an important part in this,” added Nedeljković.

Sustainability in production

The BMW Group has reduced resource consumption and CO2
emissions in vehicle production by 50 percent since 2006 – which is
much more than other European manufacturers. The amount of
CO2 generated per vehicle will be reduced by another 40
percent from 2019 levels by 2025 and 80 percent by 2030.
“Sustainability is a fundamental aspect of modern production,”
underlined Milan Nedeljković, adding: “By the end of this year, our
plants worldwide will obtain their electricity exclusively, 100
percent, from renewable energy sources.” To do so they will take
advantage of the best options at each location – from solar energy in
Oxford, Mexico and China, to biogas in South Africa, to wind power in Leipzig. 

In addition to using renewable energies, water, solvent, gas and
electricity consumption will be further reduced in parallel. For
example, the company is using data analytics to minimise machines’
power consumption. The amount of waste per vehicle is also
continuously decreasing, making the BMW Group one of the world’s most
sustainable automotive manufacturers. The BMW Group’s position as
sector leader in the “Automobiles” category of the Dow Jones
Sustainability Indices World and Europe, announced just a few days
ago, underlines this.

*) Consumption/emissions data:

BMW i3: fuel consumption combined: 0,0 l/100 km;
power consumption combined: 13,1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km

BMW iX3: fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km;
power consumption combined: 17.8-17.5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions
combined 0 g/km

BMW iX: fuel consumption combined: 0,0 l/100 km;
power consumption combined: < 21 kWh/100km in the WLTP test cycle*; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km. Data are preliminary and based on forecasts.

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The first ever BMW iX.

BMW:The first ever BMW iX.

Conceived from the outset for purely electric mobility, the iX sees
BMW redefining the successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept.
With its completely newly developed, precise and minimalist design,
the BMW iX is the first representative of a trailblazing generation of
cars poised to redefine the driving experience, the feeling of space
inside and the relationship between vehicles and those on board.

The BMW iX harnesses the latest innovations in the fields of
electrification, automated driving and connectivity to deliver a
mobility experience which puts people more than ever at its heart. To
this end, its design has been developed from the inside out. The BMW
iX has been created to provide quality of life and wellbeing for
drivers and passengers. The clear and minimalist design of its
exterior showcases a new form of mobility geared squarely to the needs
of the vehicle’s occupants. Its interior offers those on board
innovative options for using the time during a journey – and enjoying
relaxation, safety, security, and a new form of luxury in the process.

The BMW Group’s new technology flagship – courtesy of BMW i,
the “workshop for the future”.
The design
and technology of the BMW iX form an overall package that lays the
foundations for what is in many respects a new kind of driving
experience. In so doing, it comprehensively embodies the character of
the BMW i brand, whose mission is to transform personal mobility. BMW
i plays a central role at the BMW Group as a “workshop for the future”
and driver of innovation across the company.

“The BMW Group is constantly striving to re-invent itself. That is a
central element of our corporate strategy,” says Oliver Zipse,
Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “The BMW iX expresses
this approach in an extremely concentrated form.”

The BMW iX will go into production at BMW Plant Dingolfing from the
second half of 2021 as the BMW Group’s new technology flagship. It
brings together the company’s latest developments in the strategic
innovation fields of Design, Automated Driving, Connectivity,
Electrification and Services. Added to which, the vehicle concept and
design of the BMW iX are rooted in an all-embracing approach to
sustainability. This is reflected in areas of the car such as its
optimised aerodynamics, intelligent lightweight design and extensive
use of natural and recycled materials, which help to create a
cutting-edge sense of luxury and comprehensive feeling of wellbeing on board.

Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology delivers outstanding
efficiency and long range.
The fifth
generation of BMW eDrive technology – which encompasses the two
electric motors, the power electronics, the charging technology and
the high-voltage battery – guarantees exceptional efficiency. The
power unit developed by the BMW Group has been manufactured
sustainably without the use of critical raw materials known as rare
earths and will, by the most recent calculations, develop maximum
output of more than 370 kW/500 hp. That will be enough to power the
BMW iX from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 5.0 seconds.

At the same time, the vehicle’s clear aim is to post an exceptionally
low combined electric power consumption figure for its segment of less
than 21 kWh per 100 kilometres (62 miles) in the WLTP test cycle. A
gross energy content of more than 100 kWh should enable the
latest-generation high-voltage battery to record a range of over
600 kilometres in the WLTP cycle. That equates to more than 300 miles
according to the EPA’s FTP-75 test procedure. (All figures relating to
performance, energy consumption and range are predicted values based
on the car’s current stage of development.)

DC fast charging: over 120 kilometres (75 miles) of extra
range in ten minutes.
The new charging
technology of the BMW iX enables DC fast charging at up to 200 kW. In
this way, the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent of its
full capacity in under 40 minutes. Added to which, within ten minutes
enough energy can be fed into the battery to increase the car’s range
by more than 120 kilometres (75 miles). It takes less than eleven
hours to charge the high-voltage battery from 0 to 100 per cent at
11 kW from a Wallbox.

The batteries fitted in the BMW iX are designed as part of a
long-term resource cycle and enable an exceptionally high recycling
rate. The power used to produce the battery cells and the high-voltage
battery as a whole come exclusively from renewable sources.

New technology toolkit underpins further advances towards
automated driving.
The new technology
toolkit making its debut in the BMW iX also provides the platform for
significant progress in the areas of automated driving and digital
services. For example, the level of computing power has been developed
to process 20 times the data volume of previous models. As a result,
around double the amount of data from vehicle sensors can be processed
than was previously possible.

“We are setting new industry standards with the technology in the BMW
iX. The iX has more computing power for data processing and more
powerful sensor technology than the newest vehicles in our current
line-up, is 5G-capable, will be given new and improved automated
driving and parking functions and uses the high-performing fifth
generation of our electric drive system,” says Frank Weber, Member of
the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development.

Fresh design for a new driving experience.
The BMW iX is leading the way for a future
generation of cars with which the company is redefining
sustainability, driving pleasure and what it means to be premium. This
trailblazing character is clearly expressed in the car’s design.
It provides the basis for a new kind of driving experience in which
familiarity, relaxation and self-determination are the dominant themes.

The exterior of the BMW iX represents a distinctive re-imagining of
the powerful proportions of a large BMW SAV. The BMW iX is comparable
with the BMW X5 in length and width, and is almost the same height as
the BMW X6 on account of its flowing roofline. The size of its wheels,
meanwhile, brings to mind the BMW X7.

The minimalist use of character lines and generously shaped surfaces
conjure an aura of supreme assurance. The crisp lines, clear structure
and almost rectangular contours around the wheel arches contribute to
an imposing body design. And the reduced design language steers the
eye onto precisely constructed details which accentuate the
sophisticated character, brand identity and optimised aerodynamics of
the BMW iX.

Front end: expressive, vertical kidney grille serves as an
intelligence panel.
At the centre of the
front end stands the prominent, vertically emphasised kidney grille.
Since the electric drive system of the BMW iX requires only a small
amount of cooling air, the kidney grille is completely blanked off.
Its role has duly turned digital and here it functions as an
intelligence panel. Camera technology, radar functions and other
sensors are integrated seamlessly into the grille behind a transparent surface.

Developed and produced at the BMW Group’s LuTZ lightweight design
and technology centre in Landshut, the kidney grille for the BMW iX
presents a technologically lavish advertisement for intelligent
mobility. The grille has reinvented itself as an innovative and
multifunctional high-tech interface for the advanced driver assistance
systems with which the BMW iX paves the way for automated driving.

Clearly designed surfaces, discreetly integrated
The exterior design
highlights of the BMW iX also include the slimmest headlight units
ever to feature on a series-produced model from BMW, the flush-fitted
door openers (operated at the press of a button), the frameless side
windows, the tailgate – which has no separation joints and extends
across the whole of the rear – and the likewise extremely slim rear lights.

The BMW kidney grille is not the only example of how the principle of
shy tech has been integrated into the design of the BMW iX: an array
of other cameras and sensors are likewise positioned discreetly, the
door openers are flush, the filler neck for the windscreen washer
fluid is concealed under the BMW logo on the bonnet and the rear-view
camera has been integrated into the BMW logo on the tailgate. The
technology stays in the background and only becomes apparent as and
when the relevant functions are called into action.

“The BMW iX shows how we can give new technologies a very modern and
emotionally engaging design. The car is technologically highly
complex, but it feels very clear and uncomplicated,” says Adrian van
Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The BMW iX offers a
mobile living space in which people will feel at ease and the car’s
intelligence is always available without becoming obtrusive.”

Interior design: people at centre stage.
A high level of spaciousness, a mixture of
high-quality materials, newly developed seats with integral head
restraints and an exceptionally large panoramic glass roof immerse all
five seats of the BMW iX cabin in a luxurious, lounge-like ambience.
The all-new architecture of the BMW iX cabin underpins a perfectly
clear and straightforward functionality that revolves entirely around
the needs and emotions of the driver and their fellow occupants. The
drive concept means there is no centre tunnel, adding to the open,
airy feel while also allowing extra legroom in the front and rear,
sufficient space for storage facilities, and a centre console crafted
to look like a high-quality piece of furniture. The minimalistic
design language and clearly structured surfaces shine an even brighter
spotlight on the feeling of spaciousness inside the car.

The displays and controls are all stripped down to the essentials,
further reinforcing the impression of an uncluttered cabin offering a
place of relaxation. The technology of the BMW iX is used
intelligently and only becomes visible when it is needed. This makes
it intuitive to use rather than seeming overly complex. The interior
design conveys a sense of safety and familiarity and engenders a new
type of bond between occupants and vehicle. The shy tech approach for
the interior can be seen in a number of features, including speakers
integrated out of sight, intricately styled air vents, heated surfaces
and the discreet recessing of the BMW Head-Up Display’s projector into
the instrument panel so it is almost invisible. The hexagonally shaped
steering wheel, a rocker switch for gear selection and the BMW Curved
Display – which forms part of the next-generation BMW Operating System
– clearly advertise the futuristic form of driving pleasure on offer.

Intelligent lightweight design and optimised aerodynamics
increase range.
The energy and range of
the BMW iX benefit from innovative solutions in the areas of
lightweight design and aerodynamics. Its body structure, featuring
an aluminium spaceframe and innovative Carbon Cage, can claim
extremely high torsional stiffness, which in turn enhances agility and
maximises occupant protection, while minimising weight. The
intelligent material mix, with a variety of materials employed exactly
where their specific properties can be utilised to best effect, is
unique in this segment. Together with the superb aerodynamics, the
intelligent material mix helps to endow the iX with remarkably
composed, relaxed driving characteristics combined with instant,
precise response to every movement of the accelerator and turn of the
steering wheel.

Fully capitalising on the benefits provided by the all-electric drive
system and meticulously implementing proven measures from the past in
the front end of the car, the underbody section, the wheels and the
rear end gives the BMW iX optimised aerodynamics which have a positive
effect on both the performance and range of the purely electrically
powered SAV. The BMW iX boasts outstanding aerodynamics for its class,
with a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.25.

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