BMW Group launches SKILL NEXT to mark 11th an­niver­sary

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BMW Group Plant Chen­nai on its 11th an­niver­sary day launched ‘SKILL NEXT’, a tech­ni­cal skilling ini­tia­tive, in the pres­ence of le­gendary crick­eter Sachin Ten­dulkar and stu­dents from the Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing of Anna Univer­sity, Chen­nai. To­gether, they as­sem­bled a BMW en­gine and trans­mis­sion at the main assem­bly line of BMW Group Plant Chen­nai to com­mem­o­rate the be­gin­ning of the project.

Aim­ing to act as a ma­jor cat­a­lyst in de­vel­op­ing au­to­mo­tive tal­ent in the coun­try, ‘SKILL NEXT’ will reach ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes and stu­dents in ev­ery state and union ter­ri­tory in In­dia. Through the ini­tia­tive, 365 BMW en­gine and trans­mis­sion units will be pro­vided for learn­ing pur­poses to en­gi­neer­ing and tech­ni­cal in­sti­tutes at no cost. ‘SKILL NEXT’ will present an op­por­tu­nity for en­gi­neer­ing and tech­ni­cal stu­dents to get hands-on train­ing on advanced tech­nolo­gies of BMW en­gine and trans­mis­sion. BMW Group In­dia will also de­liver the en­gine and trans­mis­sion units to cam­puses of en­gi­neer­ing col­leges, In­dus­trial Train­ing In­sti­tutes and poly­tech­nics at no cost by end of 2018.

The han­dover of demon­stra­tion units will be done on a first­come-first-serve ba­sis af­ter due un­der­tak­ings are sub­mit­ted by the in­sti­tutes. The un­der­tak­ings will en­sure that the en­gine and trans­mis­sion units are used in­side the lab­o­ra­to­ries on cam­puses of the in­sti­tutes for learn­ing only.

Vikram Pawah, Pres­i­dent, BMW Group In­dia said, “The lux­ury au­to­mo­tive seg­ment in In­dia has wit­nessed tremen­dous growth in the last decade and with the grow­ing num­ber of cars on road, there is a high re­quire­ment of good tech­ni­cal tal­ent in the in­dus­try. ‘SKILL NEXT’, will strongly pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of tech­ni­cal com­pe­ten­cies in stu­dents across the coun­try by en­hanc­ing their prac­ti­cal knowl­edge of advanced au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy. This ini­tia­tive will also con­trib­ute in in­creas­ing the avail­abil­ity of skilled tech­ni­cal staff re­quired at au­to­mo­tive deal­er­ships in In­dia.”

The state-of-the-art en­gi­neer­ing unit, in­clud­ing the BMW TwinPower Turbo in-line 4-cylin­der diesel en­gine and the BMW eight-speed step­tronic au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, will serve as a valu­able learn­ing tool for stu­dents. Since 2007, this en­gine has proved its mark in In­dia by pow­er­ing close to 50,000 units de­liv­ered to cus­tomers.

The en­gine presently pow­ers 6 cars lo­cally-pro­duced at BMW Group Plant Chen­nai – BMW 3 Se­ries (320d), BMW 3 Se­ries Gran Turismo (320d GT), BMW 5 Se­ries (520d), BMW X1 (xDrive 20d), BMW X3 (xDrive 20d) and the up­com­ing MINI Coun­try­man Cooper D. The BMW eight-speed step­tronic au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is presently fea­tured in five cars lo­cally-pro­duced at BMW Group Plant Chen­nai – BMW 3 Se­ries, BMW 3 Se­ries Gran Turismo, BMW 5 Se­ries, BMW X1 and BMW X3.

Post-han­dover, a ‘Train the Trainer’ mo­d­ule will be de­vised for in­sti­tutes where 40 After­sales Master Tech­ni­cians will con­duct ex­ten­sive work­shops at BMW deal­er­ships in more than 20 cities. The mo­d­ule has been de­vised by pro­fes­sional train­ers from BMW Group In­dia Train­ing Cen­tre and BMW Group Plant Chen­nai. The work­shops will be a com­bi­na­tion of class­room ses­sions and hands-on prac­ti­cal ses­sions us­ing de­tailed train­ing ma­te­ri­als.

Jochen Stal­lkamp, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, BMW Group Plant Chen­nai said, “For BMW Group Plant Chen­nai, skilled work­force is the foun­da­tion to make finest cars of out­stand­ing qual­ity. The know-how of advanced tech­nol­ogy and the con­fi­dence to work with state-of-the-art ma­chin­ery and com­plex pro­cesses is a great as­set in en­gi­neer­ing field. ‘SKILL NEXT’ ini­tia­tive will fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment of tal­ent in the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion of en­gi­neers. These skills will open up new doors for a work­force that wants to make a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try in In­dia.”

The stu­dents from Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, Anna Univer­sity and Sachin Ten­dulkar as­sem­bled the BMW TwinPower Turbo in-line 4-cylin­der diesel en­gine with the eight-speed step­tronic au­to­matic trans­mis­sion for a BMW X3 be­ing lo­cal­lypro­duced at the main assem­bly line of BMW Group Plant Chen­nai.

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