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
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.

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2 October 2018

  who knows how it’s going to pan out?

Peter Cavellini.

2 October 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

  who knows how it’s going to pan out?

 

Hi Peter - I think you remember shouting about five years ago (and 20 years before that) to get out of the Germanification. I was delighted it was LEAVE. But those on both sides playing Russian Roulette because the negotiators are rubbish politicians not businessmen. Even  chump trump tied up a trade deal in 2 years with Canada and Mexico. This lot couldnt fix a piss up in a brewery

what's life without imagination

2 October 2018

Hopefully they will cease making 200 verities of ice cream. Leave the cooper for maximum 4 models and ditch the rest. Its past its sell by date

what's life without imagination

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2 October 2018

Nedcar have been building Mini's since 2014, so nothing new here.

2 October 2018

  The fear of the unknown, the uncertainty, it’s always the same with something new, something different, you have the breaking in period, trying out new features, sometimes it’s a step to far, or you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner, these are all genuine non knee jerk reactions we all have,but, and this includes everybody we really really hope it works!

Peter Cavellini.

2 October 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

  The fear of the unknown, the uncertainty, it’s always the same with something new, something different, you have the breaking in period, trying out new features, sometimes it’s a step to far, or you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner, these are all genuine non knee jerk reactions we all have,but, and this includes everybody we really really hope it works!

 

Good lord, you do post some shit.

2 October 2018

BREXIT is going to be a win for car customers - especially if it means that BMW doesn't sell its shoddily made cars here anymore.

2 October 2018
max1e6 wrote:

BREXIT is going to be a win for car customers - especially if it means that BMW doesn't sell its shoddily made cars here anymore.

Yeah, it's going be ace that BMW won't be holding gun to the heads of car customers to force them to buy their cars, like they obviously do now, and espacially great to see hundreds, if not thousands of job go if they move the production out of the UK. Really really a big win, oh yeah!

2 October 2018
max1e6 wrote:

BREXIT is going to be a win for car customers - especially if it means that BMW doesn't sell its shoddily made cars here anymore.

Given that BMW employs over 50,000 people in the UK both directly and via its supply chains, I'd suggest you think before typing.

 

2 October 2018

That would get the pompass  little bar stewards talking ,would they risk political suicide in the EU.We should have mor eonshoring tlike Trump is doing.only 5% or less on componant duty but subsidize industry with the duty generated.

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