Cooperation with Georgia Institute of Technology


Atlanta/Munich. A high-level delegation from the  Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) visited BMW Group  headquarters in Munich in connection with the future cooperation  between the college and the automobile manufacturer.

BMW Georgia Institute of Technology

Oliver Zipse,  head of Technical Planning, Dr. Thomas Lehmann, head of the Munich  plant and Hubert Schurkus, head of Corporate Human Resources, Strategy  and Targets, welcomed guests including Georgia Tech President G.P.   “Bud” Peterson and John Brock, a Georgia Tech  alumnus and CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises.

Intensive knowledge and technology transfer will benefit both  parties. The BMW Group is confident that Georgia Tech students will  prove a source of new impetus; in return, BMW Group will share  industry topics and challenges with Georgia Tech and its young  academics. Georgia Tech’s close proximity also makes it  particularly attractive to the BMW plant in Spartanburg.

Josef Kerscher, head of the BMW plant in Spartanburg: “The  Spartanburg plant is looking forward to exciting projects with Georgia  Tech and hopes this collaboration will be highly successful on both sides.”

During the Georgia Tech delegation’s visit to Munich, Oliver  Zipse noted: “Cooperation with Georgia Tech should provide new  impetus for our production and assembly locations worldwide. The  collaboration will enable both the BMW Group and Georgia Tech to  exploit their strengths in industrial engineering and production  systems in preparation for increasing internationalisation.”

Cooperation will initially focus on research in the field of  production. The partnership’s first concrete steps will include  a number of post-graduate scholarships at the H. Milton Stewart School  of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The BMW Group is currently restructuring its global university  cooperation programme, targeting strategic partnerships with selected  international colleges such as Georgia Tech. Current and future fields  of research will form part of the cooperation – for instance, on  the technology side: production, new drive technologies, materials and  substances. Supply chain management will be a further area of research.

The BMW Group

The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of  automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna  Motorcycles  and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW  Group operates 25 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries  and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2011, the BMW Group sold about1.67 million cars and more than  113,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial  year 2011 was euro 7.38 billion on revenues amounting to euro 68.82  billion. At 31 December 2011, the BMW Group had a workforce of  approximately 100,000 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term  thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established  ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,  comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to  conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result  of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the  Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last seven years.