Hams Hall, BMWUK – A new facility has been developed within the Birmingham plant for production of the three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo technology petrol engines, the first of a new generation to be built there. Powered by engines produced exclusively at Hams Hall, the first of BMW’s plug-in hybrid sports cars will go on sale this weekend.

Plant director Nick Spencer commented: “Our plant is going through a huge transformation, and we are excited to see the first of our brand-new engine assembly facilities ramping up production.”

The multi-million pound development programme at Hams Hall will continue into next year. Preparations have included a training programme which has seen workers with previous experience at the plant handpicked to join the small team building the new engines. Two technical apprentices have now been placed in full-time positions within the team.

Since commencing operations in 2001, Hams Hall has produced more than 3.5m small, fuel-efficient and low-emission engines, making over 400,000 last year.