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BMW boss says Oxford plant has long-term future but production could be moved to the Netherlands in case of no-deal Brexit
Jim Holder
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2 mins read
2 October 2018

More Mini production could be moved out of the UK if no Brexit deal is reached, although the boss of parent firm BMW, Harald Krüger, has stressed that he still sees a long-term future for the brand's Oxford plant.

While the BMW Group has vowed that it won't shut its UK factories – Mini's Cowley and Oxford plants and Rolls-Royce's Goodwood facility – after Britain leaves the European Union (EU), the firm is preparing for potential disruption.

It has already brought forward a planned month-long closure of the Oxford plant to immediately after 29 March 2019, the day the UK is scheduled to leave the EU.

Talking about the possibility of a no-deal Brexit at the Paris motor show, Krüger said: “A hard Brexit is a lose-lose situation: we lose, the customers lose and the countries lose.

"My hope is that the solution can be pragmatic, but we must plan for every eventuality. We have already planned to move the shutdown in Cowley from the summer to April, and we are looking at our other UK plants to see what is necessary, as it's possible we will need to take action there as well.

“It's also possible that we could move some Mini production from Oxford to the Netherlands if that's the most practical solution to maintain our competitiveness to sell in Europe.

 “At the same time, however, I must point out that there are advantages to having our Mini plant in Cowley, especially when the UK is the largest market for the car. The UK is our fourth largest market in the world for our group, and we see an advantage in manufacturing there that we have invested in and intend to keep.”

Krüger’s final comment raises the possibility that BMW could move some Mini production across the Channel but replace it by bringing production of other vehicles into the Oxford plant to sell them into the UK. The Mini Clubman is already built at Oxford, for instance, and shares its underpinnings with the BMW 1 Series and BMW 2 Series.

BMW isn't the only firm concerned about the impact of a failure to reach a Brexit deal. The manager of Toyota's Burnaston plant recently warned that failure to reach an agreement could disrupt production there for months.

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405line 3 October 2018

Hoping for the best..

..and planning for the worst , that's what the car companies are doing. They are "loyal" as long as there is a single market, when the market is clearly and obviously divisive they'll be leaving britain if it costs more to produce "here" than "over there" simple as that.

scotty5 2 October 2018

The world could end tomorrow

This morning's news was that british planes could be banned from landing anywhere in the EU. And then I read that some Mini's could be built elsewhere.

I could also see a pink elephant fly past my window tonight.

The word 'could' seems to feature an awful lot in these stories - wake me up when someone replaces 'could' with 'will' because it's a soap opera so far.

How can any other country can manage to operate outside the fantasic EU is a complete mystery to me.

Thekrankis 2 October 2018

WLTP is more damaging

WLTP has resulted in an entire industry turned upside down by new regs.

 

Brexit will seem like a little itch by comparison.....

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