BMW to set up world's first CO2-free vehicle manufacturing plant

BMW, a German luxury automobile producer, has recently announced the launch of the world’s first vehicle production facility that will be free of CO2. The new manufacturing unit, named BMW iFactory, will be established in Debrecen, Hungary, which will be extremely flexible, efficient, sustainable, and digital in nature.

The BMW iFactory will be based on 3 main factors, namely Green, Lean and Digital. These factors will signify the factory’s characteristics of precision and high sustainability, flexibility and active usage of digitalization in data science, virtualization and AI. 

Milan Nedeljkovic, a Board member of BMW AG and production head, said that the new facility is not a mere one-off showpiece, it is a researched approach, and the company will gradually implement it at all plants starting from a hundred-year-old home plant in Munich to the upcoming plant in Debrecen, Hungary.

BMW informed that the factory will be utilizing real-time data during the whole manufacturing process to oversee global production precisely and transparently so that the company can achieve the fastest response times possible.

This will not only improve the volume and market planning but also enhance the inventory management, supply chain and quality of the work.

The major share of electricity that will be used in BMW iFactory will be produced directly on-site while the remaining electricity requirement will be covered by 100% renewables, which will majorly come from regional sources.

In addition to this, Nedeljkovic said that the company’s contribution to the energy transition is not only environmentally friendly but also benefits the business as BMW’s approach ensures stable prices and secure supplies.

The company also mentioned that sustainable production comes out from consistent circularity and will reuse production resources and materials whenever possible.

Importantly, this unit will also be the production house for all-electric BMW Neue Klasse which is to be launched in 2025.

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