BMW is considering opening a second manufacturing plant for engines and transmissions in the United States, according to a statement by Harald Krueger, Chief Executive, in the run-up to the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, USA, November 30-December 9, 2018.
“We’re at the range where you could think about a second location,” he told Reuters. A second US facility could also have the benefit, he added, of providing a natural currency hedge to minimise the company’s foreign exchange risk.
Krueger also stated that BMW is considering changes to its US operations as it sees its sales grow in the region. The automaker is planning to open a factory in Mexico in 2019, and currently operates a vehicle assembly plant in South Carolina, USA.
The statement from BMW comes shortly after a report that United States President Donald Trump would begin to impose tariffs on imported cars from the week beginning December 3, 2018.