Germany’s best factory is producing for the BMW Group in Landshut. This is the conclusion reached by the expert jury for the “Industrial Excellence Award / Best Factory 2012”, which voted the Exterior Plastics Production Department of the BMW Landshut plant the national winner for 2012.
The European award honours outstanding production management which guarantees a permanent competitive advantage for the company. The award is presented by INSEAD (one of the world’s largest and most renowned business schools), WHU – the Otto Beisheim School of Management and the trade journal Wirtschaftswoche.
The BMW Group has been operating a plastics production unit at its Landshut site since the 1960s. Each year, the 500 or so employees in the Exterior Plastics Production Department manufacture about 12 million plastic components for the outside of the vehicles. This corresponds to a volume of around 2,500 exterior components every working day. The scope of manufacture includes bumpers, side panels and spoilers. The finished components are then painted in 32 different standard colours and 200 optional colours at the BMW Landshut site and delivered to BMW Group vehicle plants in Germany and abroad.
The basis for the award is an extensive questionnaire which was developed by scientists at INSEAD, one of the world’s largest and most renowned business schools, and WHU, the Otto Beisheim School of Management.