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Around 15,000 brand-new BMW X5s and X6s roll off the production line of the BMW factory in Spartanburg (South Carolina, USA) each month. The customer, already waiting with baited breath for their new 4x4, can scarcely realise that OBO solutions also had an important role to play during production. For many years, OBO cable trays of type MKS/SKS have ensured that power and data cables on the 465 hectare site are run to the place they are required in production.
BMW settled in Spartanburg, around 340 kilometres from the east coast of America in 1994. It first produced the models 318i and Z3. Its business success saw it expand the plant in 2000 with a budget of 300 million dollars. Even then, OBO North America worked on the plant expansion together with Siemens and offered solutions from the Cable Support Systems area. BMW did not just help the economy of Spartanburg to pick up: In 2003, the car manufacturer also built a 162-hectare vehicle research centre at Clemson University, thus helping the field of science.
The plant expanded again in 2009, at a cost of 750 million dollars, in which OBO and Siemens again worked hand in hand during the six months of construction. Siemens provided five new production lines for the BMW plant, whilst OBO primarily supported the construction work with well-founded expertise in the fields of installation and development. In close cooperation with the Siemens developers and the on-site installation engineers, decisions were taken as to which OBO products could be best employed in which environment, in order to guarantee flawless production on completion.