Future of Mini’s Cowley factory assured
MINI’S PLANT IN Cowley has received long-term backing from the chairman of parent firm BMW, Harald Krüger – but it could still lose production capacity as a consequence of Brexit, with cars for mainland European sale being built in the Netherlands instead.
Krüger did not elaborate on how the Mini plant could remain viable while losing Mini volume, but speculation suggests the company is drawing up plans that could lead to the BMW 1 Series and 2 Series being built on the Cowley line for UK sale.
Krüger said: “A hard Brexit is a lose-lose situation. We lose, the customers lose and the countries involved lose. My hope is that the solution can be pragmatic, but we must plan for every eventuality. So we could move some Mini production from Oxford to the Netherlands.
“At the same time, however, I must point out that there are advantages to having our Mini plant in Cowley. We see an advantage in manufacturing there that we have invested in and intend to keep.”
Cowley may lose some of its Mini production to the Netherlands