Modern MINI production at Plant Oxford celebrates 20 years
To celebrate 20 years of the MINI Plant Oxford, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the home of the brand at MINI Plant Oxford, to meet the people involved with integrating the manufacturing of the MINI Electric into their standard production line.
The Oxford Plant is the first BMW group plant in the world to build fully electric and combustion cars on the same line, following the MINI Electric international launch in 2020. MINI will also be the first BMW Group brand to go fully electric by the early 2030s. Plant Oxford has played a crucial role in making MINI production more sustainable since its modern production shift 20 years ago and is set to further support the BMW’s sustainability strategy to reduce emissions from its production plants globally by 80% by 2030, compared to 2019.
MINI Plant Oxford has been at the heart of its community for over 108 years, employing over 3,700 highly skilled employees and apprentices, who together build 1,000 MINIs a day – which is one every 67 seconds.
Peter Weber, Managing Director, Plant Oxford said: “It was an absolute honour and pleasure to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to the heart of the MINI brand here in Oxford and we were delighted that he could join us to mark this important manufacturing milestone.
Over the past twenty years, the commitment and passion of our associates, nearly a quarter of whom were with us when the first car rolled off the line in 2001, has helped to strengthen MINI’s reputation around the world. It’s fantastic for this special celebration to have been recognised with such a memorable Royal visit. It was a real highlight to see His Royal Highness drive one of our MINI Electrics off the production line today.”
The BMW Group, a German multinational corporation, is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and provides premium financial and mobility services. Their production network holds 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries and in 2020 sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles.
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