The planned BMW plant in Debrecen, Hungary, now also has a plant manager: As the Munich-based company announced this Wednesday, Hans-Peter Kemser, 56, will take over the management of the location in eastern Hungary from January 1, 2022, which currently has a few foundations , Roads and a siding. The first buildings are to be erected at the beginning of the new year – then under the supervision of Kemser.
The experienced BMW man is moving from the Leipzig location to Debrecen, where he has headed the plant since 2015 and was responsible for the production of the one and two series, as well as the production of the i3. Production director Milan Nedeljkovic says: “Hans-Peter Kemser is an absolute production professional and, thanks to his many years of experience, is predestined to successfully implement the start-up in Debrecen.”
Most recently, Michele Melchiorre, whom BMW got from the Austrian rubber specialist Semperit, was responsible for the plant construction in Hungary. However, Melchiorre already took over responsibility for the production system, planning, tool and plant construction in the BMW Group last year. Hans-Peter Kemser is now overseeing the construction of the plant.
Leipzig gets a plant manager
Kemser’s job in the Saxon trade fair city will be taken over by Petra Peterhänsel, 55, currently working at the Dingolfing plant as Head of Painted Car Body, i.e. technologies, press shop, car body construction and paint shop. Board member Nedeljkovic: “I am delighted that Petra Peterhänsel will strengthen my management team as an experienced production expert. Just like Hans-Peter Kemser, she brings with her extensive process know-how and excellent leadership skills. Both of these will be our focus topics at their locations, the transformation to electromobility , Digitization and the further expansion of sustainability. “
Kemser and Peterhänsel will continue to pursue the path to electromobility at BMW at their respective locations. The new class will start in Debrecen from 2025. The factory for initially 1000 employees is being built from scratch. Up to 150,000 vehicles a year should roll off the assembly line. A second production line will open in Leipzig from 2022. Among other things, the site will manufacture the battery-electric successor to the Mini Countryman. The Leipzig plant will also be 20 years old next year.
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