Tiexi plant profile
|Vehicles per year (2013):||100,000|
|Vehicles per year (2015):||200,000|
|Plant grounds:||2.07 square kilometres|
|Plant building:||220,000 square metres|
Smart plant architecture. Highly efficient pressing machines.
Local suppliers. The cleanest paint shop in the world – and almost
five dozen other sustainability measures: the newest plant in the
BMW Group production network sets a new global benchmark.
Know-how unites us.
The highest standards of sustainability in a highly dynamic market: With the opening
of its Tiexi plant in northern China, the BMW Group and its partner, Brilliance China Automotive,
have built one of the most sustainable vehicle production sites in China and one of the best
examples of environmentally conscious manufacturing worldwide. Here, in the world’s largest
automobile market, the company demonstrates how to deliver maximum productivity with
unbeatably low environmental impact.
“What do we do when we plan
a new plant? We bring
the best ideas in the world together
in one place.”
- The work day begins at what is currently China’s most sustainable car plant.
Shenyang, a 90-minute flight northeast of Beijing, is a place of extremes. In winter, temperatures drop as low as 35 below freezing; in summer, they soar to a tropical 40 degrees Celsius. Not so long ago, this industrial city used to belong to China’s notorious north-eastern “rust belt” of mines and steelworks, coal-polluted air and natural devastation. Today, it is home to a world-class example of resource-efficient production.
To the north-east of this city of eight million people, the
BMW Group and its joint venture partner, Brilliance China
Automotive Holdings, have built the most sustainable
manufacturing facility in China. The ultramodern
car plant, with an annual capacity of 200,000 vehicles,
was raised from the ground in just two years on a
plot of land roughly two square kilometres, located in the
district of Tiexi. Environmental experts like Fiona Zhang
from China and her South-African colleague, Sean Dempsey,
brought fresh ideas and tried-and-tested approaches
from around the world to Tiexi. At the same time, BMW
Brilliance Automotive’s (BBA) newest plant also took local
factors into account, choosing an architecture to fit the
surroundings and bringing in regional suppliers. “We were
pretty much able to give the plant the best of both worlds
from the beginning,” says Dempsey, “which is a lot easier
than optimising a production facility further down the line.”
A tour of the plant with Zhang and Dempsey reveals no fewer than five dozen measures, small and large, to reduce energy and water consumption, solvent emissions, process wastewater and waste for disposal. Many of them involve smart optimisation of details – but together they make a huge difference. In this respect also, Shenyang is a city of extremes – in the most sustainable sense.
a city which has rapidly grown to
eight million inhabitants.