BMW Ag Tuesday said the company plans to introduce a third shift at its production plant in Rosslyn – South Africa by the end of this year to build the new 3 Series.
Frank-Peter Arndt, member of the BMW AG board of management responsible for production, said Monday this would more than double BMW exports from South Africa.
The executive was speaking at a function at the plant to commemorate the start of production of the new BMW 3-Series after investing R2.2-billion to further upgrade the facility.
The announcement that port charges for manufactured goods, including cars, would be dropped was “definitely a move in the right direction”, said BMW South Africa MD Bodo Donauer on Monday.
BMW South Africa currently paid R645 in port charges – including 2012 inflation, and before any possible savings – to export one 3 Series, and double that to import any other model.
The launch of the production of the new 3-series BMW at the company’s Rosslyn plant would create 600 new jobs.
1 South African rand = 0.130702 U.S. dollars