BMW Group South Africa invests ZAR400 million in new Regional Distribution Centre


BMW Group South Africa will be investing ZAR400m into a new Regional Distribution Centre and the expansion of its Midrand Headquarters over the next two years.

The company has had a presence in South Africa for 44 years, contributing to the upliftment of the country and its people.

The R400 million investment is in addition to the ZAR6 billion injection announced in November 2015, preparing the company’s Rosslyn Plant to build the next generation BMW X3.

“The world of mobility is ever-changing and dynamic. As a global business, we stay ahead of the trends and deliver superior products and services,” says Tim Abbott, BMW Group South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Chief Executive Officer.

“The revamp of our Midrand Headquarters and the new Regional Distribution Centre will allow us to remain relevant to changing customer needs by bringing together cross-functional disciplines in one centralised powerhouse.”

The investment project will be multi-phased, starting with the construction of the new Regional Distribution Centre at the Waterfall Distribution Campus in March 2017. This customised warehouse will double in size and further refine the service to customers of the BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad brands not only in South Africa, but also to tap into the growth potential of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Relocation of parts warehousing to this new site in 2018 opens space on the Midrand campus to build a state-of-the-art dealer training centre, where BMW Group South Africa dealer staff will be empowered to take premium customer service to the next level.

“As a leader in the future of mobility we are a company focussed on learning, innovating, and inspiring. Our employees are at the centre of this philosophy. By investing into the training and development of our staff we also contribute to the upliftment of South Africa,” says Abbott.




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