New director for BMW engine manufacturing plant

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BMW Group has appointed Dr Dirk Dreher as the new plant director at the company’s UK engine production plant in Hams Hall, North Warwickshire.

Dreher’s career with BMW Group spans almost 20 years with a variety of management roles and key positions under his belt.

Most recently these include vice president of logistic planning and vice president of overseas supply at BMW Group headquarters in Munich. He also worked in senior posts at the company’s motorcycle plant in Berlin and at the Munich production plant.

He succeeds Bernd Gress, who after more than three successful years leading the plant, moves to a new role within BMW Group, based in Germany.

Dreher said: “I am incredibly excited about joining the team at Hams Hall. We are of course all working in challenging times, however, I join a highly committed and passionate team, who have a fantastic track record of producing high quality and efficient engines for both BMW and MINI.

“As we look forward to our 20th anniversary, I can’t wait to play my part in driving the plant forward and celebrating this milestone with my new team.”

The plant, which employs more than 1,000 people, steadily continues production of three and four cylinder petrol engines for a range of BMW and MINI models. Almost 20% of engines produced this year will be for some of the latest plug-in hybrid vehicles.

In addition, the high-tech machining facility at the plant enables high volume production of key engine components, again on track for another year of production in excess of one million parts.