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BMW sets sights on Hams Hall profits.

Byline: James O'Brien Business Staff - james_o'

Further investment will be put into the pounds 400 million BMW Hams Hall engine plant in the next two years to meet the higher number of engines the plant will build.

The extra work will also mean more business for the Midlands supply chain.

Harald Kruger, managing director of the plant near Coleshill, said BMW wanted Hams Hall to be the most flexible and most profitable site in the BMW Group.

A new Series-One car will be launched by BMW later this year and its engines will be built at Hams Hall, the group's nerve centre for four cylinder petrol engines.

In about five years time the Mini engine will be built at Hams Hall, taking production away from a joint venture BMW and DaimlerChrysler plant in Brazil.

Mr Kruger, speaking at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry lunch yesterday at KPMG, Birmingham, said: 'As an automotive assembly plant we can only be as successful as the partners in the region.'

BMW will release details today of its shareholders' letter which will state Mini production at BMW Oxford was more than 170,000 last year against 160,000 in 2002.
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Date:Jan 27, 2004
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