BMW Munich assembles 1,000 cars a day, with the help of robots

30 November 2018 - 07:38 By Ntokozo Miya
BMW Munich manufacturers 1,000 vehicles per day using robots, with its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria following suit.
BMW Munich manufacturers 1,000 vehicles per day using robots, with its Rosslyn plant in Pretoria following suit.
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The Munich BMW factory in Germany churns out 1,000 units each day, a feat which wouldn’t be possible without robots.

CNN posted a video of the production line, which boasts a workshop of tireless robots pressing metal and assembling parts. 

The factory is located in the precinct of the car manufacturer’s global headquarters, which are housed in a building shaped like a four-cylinder engine.

Named for its shape, the Four Cylinder and the BMW museum are popular tourist attractions, but the showstopper is what goes on in the factory buildings. 

The vehicle assembly process is 95% automated and the massive workshop boasts 8 000 workers.

Each day, 1,000 new vehicles drive off the 3.2km conveyer belt. 

In South Africa, BMW Plant Rosslyn, near Pretoria, seems to be headed in the same automated direction.

According to BusinessLIVE, in 2015, BMW Group SA pumped R6bn into upgrading the Rosslyn production line.

Unit numbers are much lower than in Munich, but the local factory also uses robotics.

Since the 2015 investment, BMW is starting to see returns - production at its Rosslyn plant has grown from 71,000 cars then to 76,000 in 2018.


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