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Change at the top coming at Greer BMW Manufacturing plant

Josef Kerscher headed to Germany, Erlacher takes over Nov. 1

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Published on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Josef Kerscher, who since 2007 has been President of BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer, will assume new responsibilities as Managing Director of BMW Plant Dingolfing in Bavaria, Germany.

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Josef Kerscher, who since 2007 has been President of BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer, will assume new responsibilities as Managing Director of BMW Plant Dingolfing in Bavaria, Germany.



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Manfred Erlacher, currently Managing Director of BMW Plant Leipzig in Saxony, Germany, will take over for Josef Kerscher. The handover takes place Nov. 1.

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Manfred Erlacher, currently Managing Director of BMW Plant Leipzig in Saxony, Germany, will take over for Josef Kerscher. The handover takes place Nov. 1.

Josef Kerscher, who since 2007 has been President of BMW Manufacturing Co. in Greer, will assume new responsibilities as Managing Director of BMW Plant Dingolfing in Bavaria, Germany. Taking over from Kerscher in Greer will be Manfred Erlacher, currently Managing Director of BMW Plant Leipzig in Saxony, Germany. The handover takes place Nov. 1.

Under Kerscher’s leadership, the BMW plant in Greer nearly tripled production, going from 105,000 vehicles in 2006 to more than 301,000 vehicles in 2012. During the same period, the Greer plant became the largest exporter of cars from the United States.

Additionally, the Greer plant achieved significant milestones in sustainability, reducing energy and water consumption per vehicle manufactured by nearly 50 percent and plant waste by 84 percent.

The Greer plant is completing a $900 million investment expansion to increase production capacity to 350,000 vehicles per year and to prepare for the launch of an entirely new vehicle, the X4 in 2014. The plant is the global manufacturing home for the BMW X5, X6 and X3, and is the company’s Center of Competence for X Vehicle Manufacturing.

BMW Group Board Member Harald Kruger, responsible for the Global Production Network, says the Greer plant is a significant part of the worldwide BMW manufacturing network: “With nearly twenty years of production experience, the plant has an impressive development history and its 70 (percent) export ratio plays an important role in balancing BMW business growth among Europe, America and Asia.

(Greer’s) increased production capacity, the new BMW X5, and the soon-to-come BMW X4 will mean even greater popularity around the world for the BMW models made in the U.S.”

Manfred Erlacher has just led BMW Plant Leipzig through a major expansion in order to manufacture the revolutionary new BMW i3 and i8. Erlacher has been Managing Director of Leipzig since January, 2009. Before that, he was head of the BMW plant in Munich having succeeded Kerscher when Kerscher took over the leadership of the Greer plant in 2007.

An engineer by training, Erlacher has extensive experience in BMW production having led both Assembly and Body Shop operations at Plant Munich before becoming Managing Director of the plant.

The successor for Manfred Erlacher at BMW Plant Leipzig will be Milan Nedeljkovic, currently head of Assembly at Plant Leipzig.

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