BMW Debrecen plant development advancing on schedule

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Development of BMW Group's EUR 1 billion plant in Debrecen (195 km east of Budapest) is "proceeding according to plan", the German carmaker said on Friday, after a visit to the site by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó, Mayor László Papp and plant director Hans-Peter Kemser, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Construction at the site now affects the central office building, training center, data centers, and infrastructure facilities, BMW Group said.

Construction of manufacturing facilities will start this year, while the cornerstone of the plant will be laid in June 2022, it added.

"This enormous investment is a new assurance that Hungary, already a leader in the conventional automotive industry, will be among the leaders in the era of electromobility, too, not just in Europe, but in the world," Szijjártó said.

"We are proud that BMW, as one of the world's biggest and most modern automotive industry companies, picked Debrecen, and that is testimony to the soundness of the economic policy of the past twelve years, thanks to which the investment environment in Hungary has become competitive on a global level," he added.

Mayor Papp voiced city leaders' commitment to the success of BMW in Debrecen "as it will contribute to the success of our city and our citizens".

Kemser said the approach at talks with all of BMW Group's partners in Debrecen and Hungary had been "extraordinarily positive". 

Kemser took over as the Debrecen plant director at the start of 2022. He was in charge of the BMW plant in Leipzig in 2015-2021.

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