Life in Hams Hall and Birmingham.
Hams Hall is a small area located just twenty minutes by car from bustling Birmingham, the UK’s second largest city. The region is renowned for its engineering and manufacturing heritage - with a varied, thriving business community.
The city has a diverse, and notably young, population of more than 1 million inhabitants - and is the youngest city in Europe, with under 25s accounting for nearly 40% of its population. Nearly a third of the population were born outside of Britain, bringing a rich cultural mix to the city.
As one of the greenest cities in the UK, with more canals than Venice, Birmingham attracts a growing number of international visitors - who can also enjoy the city’s diverse cultural scene, which is the most vibrant outside of the capital. Attractions include Britain’s longest established producing theatre, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre - and the UK’s only major ballet company based outside London, the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham also offers a thriving live indie music scene, and there are gigs on offer most nights of the week. The city also boasts a wealth of festivals all year round.
BMW Group Plant Hams Hall has a sustained 14-year history of producing small, fuel-efficient, low emission engine components for a range of products - spanning from MINI to BMW 7 Series. The site covers more than 21 hectares, with an additional 13 hectares set aside for further expansion.
Following an initial investment of over £400 million to launch the plant, a further multi-hundred million pound development programme is currently underway to support the long-term continued growth of the site. Brand new facilities are being installed for the production of future generation petrol and diesel engines, which will include engines for the new BMW i8 hybrid plug-in sports car.
Producing a perfect engine every time is what the Hams Hall assembly facility is designed to do. A 'no fault forward' philosophy is applied, quality checks are implemented at critical stages and every power unit undergoes a mechanical and electrical test during the assembly build.
Quality is an integral part of everything we do. Work is completed prior to the start of production to ensure that the engineering, the processes and the supplied components result in the manufacturing of engines to a consistently high standard of quality.
The BMW Group in the United Kingdom.
The BMW Group in the United Kingdom consists of marketing, sales and financial service organisations - as well as manufacturing plants for BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Three UK plants have a part to play in MINI production - BMW Group Plant Hams Hall manufactures engines, BMW Group Plant Swindon produces body pressings and sub-assemblies for MINI, and the parts come together at BMW Group Plant Oxford - where body shell production, paint and final assembly takes place. BMW Group Plant Oxford, therefore, is the heart of MINI production.
Also under BMW Group’s UK umbrella are BMW UK Ltd. and BMW Financial Services in Farnborough and Dublin, the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant in Goodwood and Alphabet (GB) Limited as Europe’s leading provider of Business Mobility Services in Farnborough.
The manufacturing launch of MINI in April 2001 marked the start of a remarkable new phase in the history of the BMW Group. The very latest car production facilities were introduced in a £230 million investment programme for the new car range. Since 2000, around £1.75 billion has been invested in the group's UK manufacturing sites.
The United Kingdom is the only country where BMW Group is represented by production plants for all three of our premium brands.