BMW shifts engine production from UK due to Brexit

Tuesday, 09. July 2019 16:26

BMW has moved some of its engine production from the United Kingdom to Germany due to the island country's withdrawal from the European Union, the company's head of production said on Tuesday.

The manufacturing plant, located in Hams Hall, made and sent engines to South Africa, where the automaker assembled cars to sell in the EU. However, when the UK leaves the bloc, those engines will no longer be on the list of "local" components, meaning the BMW's vehicles will no longer be exempt from tariffs under the free trade agreement between the EU and South Africa.

"Hams Hall doesn’t build any South Africa products anymore, which is of course, bad for the UK," BMW's production chief Oliver Zipse said, adding it was "not a huge amount."

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