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First shipment of 2000 BMW X3s exported

First shipment of 2000 BMW X3s exported
  • Production of BMW X3s restarted at Plant Rosslyn last month after Covid-19 closure
  • Almost 2000 BMW X3s shipped this week to European markets
  • Export of cars worth R1.5bn. • Second shift added this week

This week, BMW Group South Africa dispatched almost 2000 proudly South Africa-built BMW X3 vehicles for export, with an approximate value of R1.5 billion.

This is the first overseas shipment since Plant Rosslyn resumed its operations, in one shift, on 18 May after national lockdown restrictions were eased, and in response to global demand. The Sports Activity Vehicles have been ordered for European customers.

This week, BMW Group’s Plant Rosslyn, a state-of-the-art facility with a maximum capacity of 76 000 units a year, resumed a second shift operation. The ramp up of production is a milestone not only for the premium manufacturer, but for the South African economy.

Safe workplace endorsed by the government

Recently, Gauteng’s Premier - David Makhura – assessed and endorsed Plant Rosslyn, thanks to its adherence to strict health and safety conditions.

Measures to protect returning staff have been put in place, including mandatory daily screening, the supply of four masks a day, the appointment of dedicated Coronavirus compliance officers and health services personnel.

Bolstering a healthy supply chain

BMW Group South Africa’s Plant Rosslyn transported the cars to the port of Durban with more than 230 truckloads, as well as by rail network. This bolsters a transport and logistics industry that in turn employs thousands of South Africans.

BMW South Africa is one of the country’s most significant automotive employers, having exported approximately R150bn worth of vehicles in the past 10 years.