All under one roof – staff move into Plant Debrecen Communication Centre

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+++ Debrecen Plant Director Hans-Peter Kemser: “Another milestone on
the road to the NEUE KLASSE” +++ Surrounded by all production
technologies: Communication Centre as central hub +++ Already more
than 1,000 employees in Debrecen +++

 

Debrecen. Employees of the future Plant Debrecen have
moved into the central Communication Centre, where they are joining
forces for the final stretch before the official series launch of the
NEUE KLASSE. Debrecen Plant Director Hans-Peter Kemser is pleased with
construction progress: “In just a few months, pre-series production
will get underway here in Debrecen, setting new standards – not just
for the vehicles themselves, but also for processes here at the plant.
The Communication Centre will support us by creating short lines of
communication and enabling a good exchange of information between all
technologies at any time.” The architecture also supports the concept
of the BMW iFACTORY, which will be fully implemented in Debrecen.

While non-production employees are already settling into their
workplaces on-site, production staff are preparing for their future
roles at Plant Debrecen within the company’s global production
network. This will ensure a smooth start to pre-series production in
2024 and the successful series launch of the first NEUE KLASSE model
in 2025.

Model of Leipzig central building further optimised

Inspired by the central building at BMW Group Plant Leipzig, the
Communication Centre in Debrecen will also link the production
technologies of the body shop, paint shop and assembly. In Debrecen,
this underlying principle was further developed with the creation of a
central building where the network idea is paramount. The open
architecture provides both meeting spaces and sequestered workplaces.
The two-storey Communication Centre is about 19,000 square metres in
size; around half of this area will be office space.

The three main production areas are situated around the
administrative area. The Communication Centre is not just where
colleagues come together, but also people and products: From the body
shop, which is adjacent to the office building on the right, unpainted
car bodies will make their way on a conveyor belt, visible above
people’s heads, through the Communication Centre to the paint shop,
located centrally behind it. From there, the painted bodies will be
transported back through the office building to the vehicle assembly,
which is to the left. This means that everyone who does not work
directly in production can still see the product at all times.

The multifunctional staff restaurant can also be used for meetings
outside of mealtimes. This is located on the ground floor as well,
along with the central marketplace and health centre. A
state-of-the-art laboratory also found home in the Communication
Center’s ground floor area in 1,300 square meters. The colleagues of
the laboratory will be responsible for the premium quality of the
colors of the Neue Klasse models. The 700-square meter, well-equipped
Health Center of the Plant will be operating in the building as well
to take care of the colleagues’ health and well-being, while also
carrying out prevention and screening campaigns. The upper floor is
occupied by offices.

Architectural concept based on principles of BMW iFACTORY

Digitalisation is playing a major role in construction of the plant –
the virtual start of production for Plant Debrecen’s digital twin
already took place in March 2023. The importance of digitalisation is
also reflected in the Communication Centre’s equipment. Meeting rooms
feature modern digital elements that enable virtual collaboration
throughout the plant and beyond.

The principles of the BMW iFACTORY were already taken into
consideration during the planning phase. 5G technology is used
throughout the grounds and paper is rarely seen at the Debrecen plant
– which aims to be virtually paperless.

Other resources will be used carefully as well. When choosing the
furniture, easy-to-recycle materials were preferred, with extensive
use of wood. Plant Debrecen will also operate entirely without fossil fuels.

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