Page Overview: International Production
International Production.
Image: The Berlin lead plant with allocation of international plants

From production site to lead plant.

BMW motorcycles have been produced in Berlin since 1969. We are proud of our plant’s long tradition. But tradition and progress are not mutually exclusive. Thanks to the steadily increasing global demand for BMW motorcycles, the BMW Group Plant Berlin has developed from a mere production site to the lead plant that supervises our BMW assembly plants in Brazil and Thailand and manages global production. To supply local markets, the Berlin plant produces assembly kits, called CKDs (Completely Knocked Down), with individual motorcycle components that are assembled at the international sites.

Furthermore, contract manufacturing partners in India (TVS) and China (Loncin) have been producing for BMW Motorrad since 2017. BMW’s premium quality is ensured at these locations by close cooperation with the Berlin lead plant, enabling us to continuously expand our model range and implement new products that meet customers’ demand.

Production at BMW Group Plant Rayong, Thailand

Assembly plant in Rayong, Thailand.

In November 2013, production of the BMW F 800 R for the Thai market started at the Rayong assembly plant. Today, seven different models for Asian markets are manufactured at the site. These include the BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure, as well as the super sports bike, the BMW S 1000 RR. Besides BMW motorcycles, the Rayong plant also produces passenger cars of the BMW 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series as well as BMW X1 and X3 models. 

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Motorcycle production at the plant in Manaus, Brazil

Assembly plant in Manaus, Brazil.

As early as 2009, BMW Motorrad commissioned Dafra Motos in Manaus with assembling BMW motorcycles for the local market. In 2016, BMW Motorrad took over the plant and has since been building several of its motorcycles there
based on CKD kits shipped from the Berlin plant. At two million inhabitants, Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazonas and has been in a free trade zone (Zona Franca) since 1957. Nine different models for the Brazilian market are now being manufactured at a plant with a floor space of around 8,000 square meters. These include the BMW R 1250 GS, R 1250 GS Adventure, our S 1000 RR super sports bike, and the G 310 R in the 500 cc segment. After production, the motorcycles are taken to the distribution center in Sao Paulo and from there are delivered to customers.

Motorcycle production at the plant in Manaus, Brazil

Contract manufacturing Loncin, China.

Since September 2007, the Chinese manufacturer Loncin has been producing various engine components, motorcycle parts and complete engines for BMW Motorrad. One of China's largest motorcycle and scooter manufacturers, the company currently employs over 5,000 people. Loncin also has its own research and development center. At present,  Loncin makes engines for the BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS. In addition, the midsize scooters BMW C 400 X and C 400 GT roll off the production lines here.

Motorcycle production at the plant in Manaus, Brazil

Contract manufacturing TVS, India.

In 2013, BMW Motorrad and TVS Motor Company signed a long-term cooperation agreement. As part of its strategic realignment, BMW Motorrad entered the segment below 500 cc. The cooperation partner TVS Motor Company is one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in India, with an annual production output of around two million units and a turnover of more than one billion US dollars. The company’s Hosur plant employs a total of around 3,000 people. In mid-2016, production of the BMW G 310 R began in the 500 cc segment, which was new to BMW Motorrad at this point. TVS also manufactures components and CKD kits for the assembly of the G 310 R at the BMW plant in Thailand.