BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand announces 1.1 billion baht Rayong plant expansion

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BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand celebrated 15 years operating in Thailand by announcing an expansion of its Amata City industrial estate factory in Rayong.

Managing Director Jeffrey Gaudiano hosted the Sept. 2 event, welcoming Deputy Permanent Secretary for industry Somchai Harnhirun and BMW business partners.

Jurgen Maidl, senior vice president for logistics at BMW’s Munich headquarters, delivered the keynote address, announcing that the Rayong plant will play a very important role in the company’s sales strategy and engagement in the ASEAN and South Asian markets.

Jeffrey Gaudiano, Managing Director of BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand said, “This is a truly historic moment ...”Jeffrey Gaudiano, Managing Director of BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand said, “This is a truly historic moment …”

The plant this year will expand its BMW Motorrad exports to China and Malaysia. Further exports within ASEAN will be explored, he said.

“It is a pleasure for me to announce today that another 1.1 billion baht investment is going into the expansion of the plant in Rayong, building on an investment to date of over 2.6 billion baht,” Maidl said. “This expansion means new facilities for our vocational program and training as well as facilities for the localization of engine assembly and an analysis center. The production capacity of our Rayong plant is expected to reach an automotive-production capacity of 20,000 vehicles per year and 10,000 motorcycles per year.”

Jürgen Maidl, Senior Vice-President of Logistics, BMW Group, announces another 1.1 billion baht investment is going into the expansion of the plant in Rayong.Jürgen Maidl, Senior Vice-President of Logistics, BMW Group, announces another 1.1 billion baht investment is going into the expansion of the plant in Rayong.

Gaudiano called the day a historic moment for BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand.

“The spirit of our team at our Rayong plant allows us to increase efficiency, contribute to continuous growth, and earn the trust of BMW Group in Munich. The skill, experience, and craftsmanship of our operators enables us to build superior quality in to our great products and earn the trust of our customers.”

Dr. Marc Sielemann, Head of Production, BMW Motorrad, said that in addition to locally made BMW Motorrad models, the plant will begin producing the BMW S 1000 RR supersport bike and the “naked” superbike BMW S 1000 R.Dr. Marc Sielemann, Head of Production, BMW Motorrad, said that in addition to locally made BMW Motorrad models, the plant will begin producing the BMW S 1000 RR supersport bike and the “naked” superbike BMW S 1000 R.

Marc Sielemann, head of production for BMW Motorrad, said that in addition to locally made BMW Motorrad models, the plant will begin producing the BMW S 1000 RR supersport bike and the “naked” superbike BMW S 1000 R.

Peter Malhotra MD of Pattaya Mail (left) congratulates Jeffrey Gaudiano saying, “I am very impressed with your presentations and more so by the pride and confidence BMW has in the automotive market worldwide and most especially here in Thailand.”

“This brings us to a total of eight BMW Motorrad model variants being assembled here in Thailand, in recognition of our fifteen years of success,” he said.

Somchai confirmed the announcement, saying the ministry “has worked closely with BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand over the years to support expansion, explore opportunities to further develop BMW Group business here, and ensure sustainable growth, with new models being continuously introduced for assembly in Thailand by Thai and German technicians.”

Jeffrey Gaudiano, MD BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand speaks to the national and intertnational media.

Additional major capital and human resource investments at the Rayong plant have also been planned Gaudiano said.

“I am honored to announce the start of our Dual Excellence in Education vocational-training program in conjunction with the Thai-Austrian Technical College in Sattahip to train high vocational students in mechatronics, starting from August. In 2016, we will be adding a second partner to our training program.”

High vocational students from Chitralada School will begin their education and training for a mechatronics degree next year, he said.

(Photos by Urasin Khantaraphan/Pattaya Mail)

A BMW 320d Gran Tourismo rolls off the Rayong plant.

This BMW 730Ld can be yours for only 7.6 million baht.

BMW X5 xDrive30D is also being built in Rayong.

(l-r) Dr. Peter-Oliver Wagner the new Managing Director, BMW Financial Services Thailand, Mr. Matthias Pfalz, President, BMW Group Thailand, Mr. Jürgen Maidl, Senior Vice President, Logistics Production Division, BMW Group and Jeffrey Gaudiano, Managing Director BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand join Dr. Marc Sielemann, (right) Head of Production, BMW Motorrad as he introduces the new BMW S1000 R and BMW S1000 RR.

(L to R) Dr. Peter-Oliver Wagner, Managing Director, BMW Financial Services Thailand; Jurgen Maidl, Senior Vice President, Logistics Production Division, BMW Group who traveled from Munich; Dr. Marc Sielemann, Head of Production, BMW Motorrad; Pratheep S. Malhotra, Managing Director of Pattaya Mail Media Group; Jeffrey Gaudiano, Managing Director, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand; and Matthias Pfalz, President, BMW Group Thailand.

BMW Motorrad Thailand are celebrating their 15th Anniversary.

Dr. Marc Sielemann introduces the BMW S1000 R and BMW S1000 RR.