BMW Group South Africa has opened a new R260m campus in Midrand, North of Johannesburg.
Midrand Campus comprises the Group’s head office, Financial Services, a new Dealer Training Centre, office space for an added 500 colleagues.
The 5500sqm, R109-million facility offers training on all BMW Group brands for the Dealer Network.
The centre can host 220 training delegates a day and has 17 lecture rooms.
It also offers a MerSETA-aligned Apprentice Training Programme to make sure the Dealer Network has a pipeline of technicians.
The Training Centre plans to deliver 150 000 training man hours in 2019.
It also has a new Welcome Centre, restaurant and a gym.
This project is the latest in a series of investments completed in South Africa over the past two years by the BMW Group.
Other projects include an R6.1bn investment into Plant Rosslyn for the ramp-up of the new BMW X3, an R73m all-new training centre at Plant Rosslyn.
A further R260m co-investment in an all-new regional distribution facility also in Midrand.
The group said their partners have also invested R2.2bn into the dealership network.
The new offices saw parts warehouse occupying space at BMW Group South Africa’s Midrand head office.
BMW Group South Africa’s IT operations have grown at a phenomenal rate, increasing its headcount from 134 in 2014 to over 1000 – 700% growth in five years.
This shows BMW Group’s commitment to growing skills, knowledge, and expertise in South Africa, and the growing importance of IT in the company.
BMW Group South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa Chief Executive Officer, Tim Abbott, CEO said the company’s joint IT operations exported more than R1bn worth of expertise in 2018.
Abbott said BMW Financial Services, dealer training, and Group IT into one campus offered “brilliant spaces for collaboration, sharing, networking, and interconnectedness”.
“The Midrand Campus will accommodate IT colleagues offering services to the BMW Group in 48 countries around the world, and will, therefore, work around the clock,” said Abbott.
Senior Vice President: Real Estate Management and Corporate Security at BMW AG, Dr. Herbert Grebenc said “the office of today is no longer a mere work address.
It is a means to excite, inspire and connect our people and a key enabler for our business success.
Amplifying and reinforcing our activities here in South Africa marks the next step along our way to implementing the BMW Group IT strategy”, said Klaus Straub.
“By increasing our in-house software development capabilities we become flexible and gain speed.
The great performance of the South African IT team contributes to the success of the BMW Group in becoming a leading tech company for mobility services,” added Straub.