BMW Group Lays Foundation Stone for Lightweight Design Center

22nd September 2015

The BMW Group has opened a new chapter at the Landshut site today. Bavaria’s Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Ilse Aigner and Oliver Zipse, Chief Production of BMW AG, together with representatives from politics, business and society, celebrated the symbolic laying of the cornerstone for BMW’s new Lightweight Design Center.

There will be around 160 engineers researching innovative materials and manufacturing processes for future vehicles. In close proximity to the production the result is a think tank that strengthens the technological leadership of the BMW Group in the area of lightweight construction.

“The settlement of the BMW Group Lightweight Design Center in Landshut is a strong signal for the industrial and business location in Bavaria. It shows that we are already at the forefront of global competition in key future technologies. Bavaria is well on the way to Silicon Valley for automotive lightweight construction. We have secured long-term prosperity and employment “, Minister Ilse Aigner said during the groundbreaking ceremony.


BMW’s Lightweight Design Center in Landshut


Oliver Zipse, Chief Production of BMW AG, emphasized: “Lightweight construction is one of the key technologies of the global automotive industry and a key differentiating feature in competition. In addition to all dynamic driving benefits the lower weight also provides substantial CO2 savings “.

As an innovator and pioneer in this field Landshut is the ideal location for the new Lightweight Design Center. “The concentration of light metal, castings, plastic and fiber composite expertise at a single location is unique in the world. Landshut lightweight and are already mentioned in one breath, “said Zipse further.

The Lower Bavarian component plant is not only making significant contributions to the pioneering BMW i models. Even in the flagship of the BMW brand, the new BMW 7 Series, contain numerous lightweight innovations from Landshut – such as body panels from carbon fiber and aluminum, and plastic bumpers.