Wednesday, August 6, 2008
From the Olympiadorf tower, you can see the lifeblood of BMW – which includes its headquarters, innovative showcase museum, and production facilities. Bavarian Motor Works has facilities in more than 150 countries, but their heart & soul is in the northern end of Munich. There are rumors that highway 9, which leads out of the city, goes immediately to no speed limit because of its proximity to the BMW plant. BMW is as much a leading employer as it is a culture and fashion maker in this part of Munich. It started production of aircraft engines here in 1912, but was forced to cease aircraft manufacturing as part of the Versailles Armistice treaty. So the company shifted to motorcycle production, and expanded from there. It owns other popular brands, including Mini and Rolls Royce. Today it produces more than 1.5M vehicles per year – 900,000 in Germany.