BMW Group Plant Swindon is approximately one and a half hours west of London by car, located in the Stratton St Margaret area of Swindon. 90% of the body components for the MINI – including all the skin panels and closure assemblies – originate at BMW Group Plant Swindon.
BMW GROUP PLANT SWINDON.
MINI Plant Swindon is an integral part of The BMW Group’s production triangle. We’re proud of our achievements, some of which include:
- Our production of 280 different types of pressed parts for the MINI body shell using 14 fully automated press lines.
- Our ‘just in time’ system means that when parts are requested at Plant Oxford, the logistics team has four hours to get them there.
- Our zero waste to landfill philosophy; none of the materials we use are sent to landfill.
- Our biodiversity levels with rare species having been found at our site, including the ground dwelling Ivy Bee.
- The opportunity to get involved with our continued to support to our house charity with a variety of fundraising events throughout the year.
Our plant in Swindon, a 425,000 square metre site, is located just off Bridge End Road – in the Stratton St Margaret area of the borough.
Between 2004 and 2006, around 60 million pounds was invested in the development of MINI-production in the UK. This resulted in the state-of-the-art facilities at BMW Group Plant Swindon, where the focus is on two key areas of MINI production: the Press Shop and Sub Assembly. Around 800 people work on site on the production of 280 different types of pressed parts for the MINI body shell.
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.
LIFE IN SWINDON.
Swindon lays between Bristol and Reading, while London is accessible by car in just 90 minutes. Affordable housing prices make the town an attractive prospect for families. Home to just over 200,000 people, Swindon offers the best of both worlds: the cultural buzz of a big town paired with proximity to outstanding beautiful stretches of countryside. Marlborough Downs, Savernake Forest and the Cotswolds are all based nearby. Culture is a focal point of this vibrant town, with both the Arts Centre and Wyvern Theatre hosting plays and musical events. As well as this, the town hosts a number of festivals such as the Swindon Festival of Literature; the annual Swindon Mela (an all-day celebration of South Indian arts and culture), and the annual music festival, the Swindon Shuffle. A recent addition to the town is the Regent Circus complex – boasting a six screen cinema as well as a variety of restaurants. Swindon is also home to the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, a selection of 90 stores offering savings on premium, designer and luxury brands. The restoration of the historic Railway Village has meant that Swindon now boasts some of the most perfect examples of classic architecture in the area. With its distinctive symmetrical parallel grids of Victorian terraces, the village stands out from its mostly modern surroundings.