PSA Peugeot CitroÃƒ«n and the BMW Group have announced an industrial plan for the joint production of a new family of small, four-cylinder petrol engines. Engine assembly will be divided between the Douvrin plant for PSA Peugeot CitroÃƒ«n cars and the Hams Hall facility in the UK for future variants of the MINI.
The proximity of the Hams Hall site to BMW Group’s Oxford plant will allow for a fast and flexible just-in-sequence delivery of the engines, resulting in a reduction in stock levels and delivery times.
The new engines will add to the already important part Hams Hall plays in the BMW Group’s international production network. The site currently produces four-cylinder petrol engines for the BMW 1 Series, 3 Series and Z4 Roadster. These are shipped to BMW vehicle plants in Germany, South Africa and America. With a workforce of 650 people, Hams Hall produced its 500,000th engine in January 2005, contributing to the three million engines made annually in the UK.
The plant’s contribution to a thriving engine sector was highlighted this week in ‘A study of the UK automotive engine industry’ published by the DTI and SMMT. Hams Hall is just one example of the substantial new investment in the automotive engine manufacturing industry in recent years. The UK is now a significant exporter of engines, to the value of £0.8 billion per annum.
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