June 25, 2003
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BMW 3 Series Production Halted Due To Strike of German Metal Union
Munich -The union strike in
the industrial region of Berlin / Brandenburg means that production will
be interrupted in the BMW plants of Munich and Regensburg as of June 23,
2003. This will mainly affect the production of the BMW 3 Series. The
Dingolfing plant will also be affected, but to a lesser extent as a nearby
supplier of gearboxes is also being impacted by the strike. Component
production at Landshut and engine production at Steyr will have to be
partly interrupted as well.
Ernst Baumann, Member of the
Board of Management of BMW AG, Personnel, states, "I deeply regret
that the strike in Berlin / Brandenburg is now hitting the BMW Group.
Here, labor dispute measures are affecting a company that has created and
continues to create additional jobs. Last year, it was 3,280 in Germany
alone. In Leipzig, we have taken in about 1,000 employees since last year.
Until now, the plan has been to create around 5,500 jobs once the (new)
plant is running fully. It was our objective to create as many jobs as
possible through our engagement in the New Federal States. Under the
present circumstances, we have to review this position."
Several thousand employees of
the BMW Group in the body-in-white, paintshop and assembly areas in the
Munich and Regensburg plants will not work as of Monday. Several hundred
employees are also affected in each of the Dingolfing, Landshut and Steyr
plants. BMW AG will apply for short-time work in the meantime. The length
of the interruptions in production depends on the strike situation in
Berlin / Brandenburg and therefore cannot be predicted as of yet.
Approximately 800 BMW 3
Series automobiles are produced every day in the Munich plant. Regensburg
manufactures the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, Coupe and Convertible models
at a rate of around 850 automobiles a day. In Dingolfing, production of
about 150 BMW 3 Series vehicles per day will be affected.
Along with the plants in
Bavaria, the BMW Group's involvement in Germany also covers the New
Federal States (former East Germany). In Saxony, where several factories
have also been hit by the recent strike, BMW is building its new Leipzig