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Created Date:

13 November 2020

Last Modified:

18 December 2023
Coleshill

BMW Group Plant Hams Hall

The first BMW engine production facility to be built outside Germany and Austria.

Location
BMW Hams Hall Motoren GmbH, Canton Lane, Hams Hall, Coleshill, Warwickshire, B46 1GB.  

Date
2001 – present. 

BMW Plant Hams Hall, © BMW Group
BMW Plant Hams Hall, © BMW Group
Assembly a new generation of engines at Hams Hall, © BMW Group
Assembly a new generation of engines at Hams Hall, © BMW Group

Commentary
Officially opened in February 2001, the BMW Hams Hall plant is located on the site of a former power station, originally built in the 1920s to supply electricity to Birmingham and the surrounding area. 

In 2020, Hams Hall was producing three- and four-cylinder engines for BMW and MINI that included a growing number of engines for plug-in hybrid models.   

Although a major production facility (it took less than 20 years for production to reach five million), some of the engines are hand-built, and included those that were fitted to the BMW i8 and the MINI JCW GP. 

Other locations   
Cowley, Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire