BMW Acquires Original Factory Buildings and Grounds in Munich

By Kent Fremon on 26 February 2014
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BMW’s four-cylinder headquarters building in Munich

BMW announced on Wednesday that it has acquired a 140,000 square-feet  (or 13,000-square-meter) plot of land in Munich’s Milbertshofen district that served as the company’s first plant. The property most recently occupied by a Knorr-Bremse factory. . The land still has several buildings from the original BMW aircraft engine production plant dating back to 1918.  BMW said it plans to use the plot’s original entrance building as a gateway into the company’s history.

BMW Group Classic, the caretaker of the automaker’s heritage, will relocate to the facility.  This division of BMW is responsible for the company’s archives as well as the BMW Museum.  It also offers owners of classic BMW vehicles replacement parts and full restoration services.

The purchase agreement between BMW AG and Knorr-Bremse AG was signed earlier in February and, while development of the plot and buildings is still being reviewed, BMW Group Classic plans to use the area to create a home for the company’s numerous activities under one address. The close proximity of the site to the automaker’s Munich factory, iconic four-cylinder headquarters building, the BMW Welt, and the BMW Museum make this location ideal for BMW Group Classic’s expansion plans for the region.

BMW Group Classic’s goals for the space include workshop space, a customer center, a company archive, and administration and event facilities while satisfying building technology and security requirements that its old facilities could no longer provide. Additionally, the new site provides display space for the company’s vintage and classic vehicles from the BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce brands.

Knorr-Bremse, now the world’s leading manufacturer for rail and commercial vehicle brake systems, took ownership of the entire plot of land and its buildings in 1920.

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