German automaker BMW has broken ground on its new $1bn production plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
The new facility will build the BMW 3 Series Sedan, starting in 2019, and balance out production capacity at BMW Group Plant Rosslyn in South Africa, which will build the new BMW X3 instead of the BMW 3 Series in the future.
The project will comprise a body shop, a paint shop and an assembly plant. BMW said that the new plant will feature an innovative production system and comprehensive sustainability standards.
Once operational, the facility will have a production capacity of up to 150,000 units annually, creating at least 1,500 new jobs in the region.
The plant will operate using 100% CO2-free power, as it will have a solar-powered network on the site.
According to BMW, the plant will have the lowest water consumption per vehicle manufactured in the production network. This will be the company’s first paint shop to produce zero process wastewater, as the water needed for the painting process is reconditioned and recycled.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.