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BMW Group opens new R260m Midrand campus

Last updated on April 21, 2019

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.


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