NO FUTURE WITHOUT A PAST.

Every BMW is fitted with a piece of pure innovative power made in Landshut – and it’s been that way for the past half century: On 2 January 1967, Bayerische Motoren Werke acquired the medium-sized carmaker Hans Glas GmbH based in Dingolfing. At the time, about 140 people worked at the company’s Landshut site for vehicle components. In1969, the local newspaper, Landshuter Zeitung, ran the headline: “A present for Pentecost: BMW about to build cars in Landshut”. It marked the beginning of a real success story.

1960s
FROM HANS GLAS TO BMW.

1967

BMW AG in Munich acquires the medium-sized carmaker Hans Glas GmbH based in Dingolfing, producer of the Goggomobil.

1968

About 140 people work at BMW Group Plant Landshut.

1969

“A present for Pentecost: BMW about to build cars in Landshut” is the headline of the local newspaper, Landshuter Zeitung, on 24 May 1969. Planning anticipates a workforce of between 2,000 and 3,000 people.

1970s
THE DECADE OF CONSOLIDATION

1970

Following a trade-off with another company, Emslander, and the subsequent transfer of their buildings and acquisition of additional halls, BMW moves from its site on Siemensstraße/Ottostraße to its new premises west of highway B299.

1971

The exchange engine production moves from Dingolfing to Landshut. The facility manufactures 6,572 units of 25 different drive variants per year.

1972

In Lower Bavaria, site Dingolfing is the main object of investment for the BMW Group. For the time being, BMW Group Plant Landshut, which has a workforce of 600 people at this point, is not expanded.

1973

Plastics production is moved from Munich to Landshut where the production of the first dashboards begins.

1974

With the relocation of the plastics production unit to BMW Group Plant Landshut, “the situation in the Munich-based foundry has improved as well”, according to bm-bayernmotor, the BMW Group’s staff magazine at the time. However, initial ideas to relocate the foundry as well are being considered.

1975

The Landshut site employs more than 600 people.

1976

In the plastics production unit for interior components, a dashboard is made in only 30 minutes. The headcount at BMW Group Plant Landshut has risen to about 800.

1977

The BMW Group’s site in Landshut celebrates its tenth anniversary, “looking back on a year 1977, which wasn’t always easy but turned out very successful in the end”, as Landshuter Zeitung puts it.

1978

A new hall for the driveshaft production is built. Starting in September 1978, the first apprentices join the team of BMW Group Plant Landshut, which is “to grow by 50 percent”, as a June headline in Landshuter Zeitung declares.

1979

The production of exchange engines reaches a daily output of 100 engines, 70 rear-axle transmissions and over 530 small parts. The plastics unit produces 89,000 individual parts a day. In April, BMW Group Plant Landshut hires its 1,000th member of staff.

1980s
DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION.

1980

The steering shaft facility is relocated from Landshut to Berlin. Construction of a powerhouse and a fire station begins. In total, “BMW is investing another 30 million marks in Landshut", Landshuter Zeitung titles on 26 April 1980.

1981

The first materials testing lab is established at BMW Group Plant Landshut.
The exchange engine production celebrates its tenth anniversary.

1982

In the exterior unit, a new paint spray facility for up to 100,000 molded parts daily is commissioned. The headcount at BMW Group Plant Landshut now stands at about 1,100 people. As a measure to solve logistics problems, a “super canopy” is being built, Bayernmotor reports in November 1982.

1983

The plastic production for the interior makes about 38 million molded parts annually, or 126,666 components a day.

1984

The production of exchange engines increases to a daily output of 130 engines, 35 rear-axle transmissions and 500 other engine parts for a total of about 115 engine types. Landshuter Zeitung reports about “Millions in investments – also for better workstations”.

1985

The decision to build a new foundry in Ergolding is taken in June. Total investment stands at approx. 200 million marks; another 800 members of staff are recruited.

1986

“BMW invests in 1,000 new jobs”, Landshuter Zeitung announces in March. As early as February, construction for a new building east of highway B299 in Ergolding begins. The fettling shop is put into operation in August, and the exchange engine production celebrates its 300,000 engine.

1987

Construction of the new foundry begins in March. BMW Group Plant Landshut now has about 1,600 employees. The site celebrates its 20th anniversary.

1988

The headcount at BMW Group Plant Landshut increases to 2,000. Twenty apprentices can choose between ten skilled professions at the new training workshop. In July, the plant signs a cooperation agreement with Landshut’s University of Applied Sciences.

1989

Good luck! On 21 January 1989, the first cast part is made in Landshut. The technical center for plastics is moved from Munich to Landshut.

1990s
INVESTING IN THE THIRD MILLENIUM.

1990

June marks the launch of the pilot project on full car recycling. The headcount exceeds the next magic mark, now standing at 3,040 in total.

1991

The exchange engine production celebrates its 20th anniversary.

1992

BMW Group Plant Landshut receives the SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) Grand Award in the category Plastics in recognition of a plastic suction unit.

1993

Landshut produces its five-millionth dashboard.

1994

“500 new jobs created at BMW”, reads a July headline in Landshuter Zeitung. A dashboard can now be made in less than ten minutes.

1995

The foundry is cleared for the introduction of the lost-foam casting method. BMW Group Plant Landshut receives the Innovation Award of the Society of Plastic Engineers International for the world’s first dashboard made of a single material.

1996

“Quality takes top priority”, reads a headline in Landshuter Zeitung in September. BMW is the first company to be granted the certificate QS 9000 by the German Technical Inspection Agency. The site in Landshut develops new and improved procedures, such as laser-sintering in the foundry. The exchange engine production celebrates its 25th anniversary with now 200 employees.

1997

BMW Group Plant Landshut celebrates its 30th anniversary with a team of approx. 3,150 employees.

1998

Construction of the lightweight construction center begins in September. The 500,000th engine leaves the exchange engine production.

1999

December sees the commissioning of the Landshut Innovation and Technology Center (LITZ). The plant receives the Bavarian Quality Award in the category Car Body Equipment. The light metal foundry celebrates its tenth anniversary at the Landshut site.

2000s
DAWN OF A NEW ERA.

2000

In May, representatives of BMW Group Plant Landshut sign an agreement on an endowed BMW professorship with Landshut’s University of Applied Sciences (automotive lightweight construction).

2001

Construction for the expansion of the light metal foundry begins. The exchange engine production celebrates its 30th anniversary. “A second life for scrap metal” reads a headline in Landshuter Zeitung in January. Over 500,000 exchange engines have been produced since 1971.

2002

Production reaches a daily output of about 900 dashboards, 2,900 bumpers, 4,500 cylinder heads, 3,300 crankcases and 4,100 driveshafts. In addition, 14,000 exchange engines and 38,000 tons of cast components are made annually.

2003

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new exchange engine production is celebrated in May. A nice gesture: Formula 1 race driver Ralf Schumacher visits the plant in December to sell mulled wine to the workforce in support of the charity organization “Haus International”.

2004

Production starts both at the new light metal foundry and the magnesium foundry. The headline in the regional business publication Niederbayerische Wirtschaft: “Lower Bavaria writes technological world history”.

2005

A new model and prototyping unit for the interior is inaugurated in October. BMW Group Plant Landshut’s Technology Interior once again receives the SPE (Society of Plastic Engineering) Award.

2006

The exchange engine production is expanded in April. A new vocational training and development center is built, prompting Landshuter Zeitung to run the headline “Hooray for the workforce”. After all, skilled employees are vital for the company’s future success.

2007

The vocational training and development center is inaugurated in July. BMW Group Plant Landshut celebrates its 40th anniversary.

2008

A new production facility is built for the Technology Interior.

2009

The light metal foundry celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Landshut site. Despite times of economic volatility, BMW invests approx. 70 million euros in BMW Group Plant Landshut.

2010s
CONTINUOUS GROWTH.

2010

The Landshut foundry is the first of its kind worldwide to introduce odor-free production.

2011

The foundation stone is laid for the new smelting plant in Landshut. The site receives the Automotive Lean Production Award.

2012

The carbon production area for the BMW i models is commissioned in March. The production area Plastics Exterior is recognized as the “Best Factory 2012”.

2013

Strictly on course for the future: The light metal foundry invests 100 million euros in expanding production.

2014

The site received a new showpiece: the Visitors Center, which opens in October. This is where today guests from all over the world are welcomed. Other pioneering decisions taken for the site include the setup of the BMW Group’s new Lightweight Design and Engineering Center in Landshut as well as the northeast expansion of the plant by a supply center.

2015

The BMW Group opens a new chapter in Landshut: The Bavarian Secretary of Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner, and BMW AG’s Head of Production, Oliver Zipse, celebrate with representatives from politics, business and society the symbolic laying of the foundation stone for the company’s new Lightweight Design and Engineering Center.