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BMW to start construction of Hungary plant buildings in 2022

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German carmaker BMW will start construction of the first buildings at the site of its plant in Debrecen at the beginning of 2022, the company told state news wire MTI on Wednesday.

Construction will start with the central office building and training center, BMW Group said. Construction of sewerage, energy, and road infrastructure at the site is already underway, it added.

Tenders for the construction of the press shop, body in white shop, paint shop and assembly will be called "in the next months", BMW Group said.

BMW Manufacturing Hungary managing director Michele Melchiorre said cooperation with Debrecen municipal leaders and with the government of Hungary is "very professional", adding that "all of our agreements have been fulfilled on time".

Fully-electric vehicles will start rolling off the line in Debrecen "from the middle of the decade", BMW Group said.

BMW Group has a team of around 20 people in Debrecen managing human resources, facility management, sustainability, financial, and planning activities. The company will start recruiting to fill jobs in human resources, facility management, finance, and purchasing parallel with the next phase of construction.

BMW was to have started construction of the EUR 1 billion plant in Debrecen in the spring of 2020, but management revisited plans for the base because of the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

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