December 10


Lean in Europe - visit 26 - BMW Group Plant Berlin

The Lean in Europe visit to the BMW Group Plant Berlin takes place on Tuesday, 10th December 2019.

The visit will focus on "Preventing waste preventatively - do not eliminate it retrospectively" and using Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA).

Accelerate with DFMA, brake, take a turn and win:

  • Accelerate with DFMA, brake, take a turn and win.
  • From production to development - DFMA consistently established at BMW.
  • Hand in hand – permanently reduce production costs and engineered hours per vehicle (eHPV) with DFMA.
  • Experience from five years DFMA application and outlook.
  • Motorcyclists are the avant-garde.


About the plant

The Berlin plant is one of the most traditional locations in the BMW Group.

Only here are acceleration, inclination and sound born. The legendary BMW motorcycles have been produced here since 1969. Today, more than 2,000 employees produce up to 800 two-wheelers a day on the Spandau factory premises. Customers can choose from 25 different models from Berlin production.

For a quick peak into the plant see

The BMW logo and motorbike photo are © Copyright BMW AG, Munich, Germany. All rights reserved.

Tentative schedule

At Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)
Morning Participants arrive and meet at Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)
10:30 Conference room in the Tegel Sky Conference Centre opens, informal networking, light refreshments
12:00-12:45 Buffet lunch
12:45-14:15 Lean discussion, led by Prof. Richard Keegan, Adjunct Professor of Lean Operational Excellence, Trinity Business School
14:30 Coach to BMW Group Plant Berlin at Am Juliusturm 14, 13599 Berlin
At BMW Group Plant Berlin

- Introduction to the visitor center with the vehicles.

- Introductory lecture about the Berlin Plant.

- Presentations and discussions around the themes of "Preventing waste preventatively - do not eliminate it retrospectively" and using Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), including "Introduction to Lean Enterprise Systems"

17:00-19:00 Plant tour
19:00-19:30 Debriefing
19:30 Visit ends, leave BMW Group Plant Berlin for airport or city centre

Either transfer back to Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) for flights home

Or transfer to a central Berlin hotel for a networking dinner and accommodation

Unlike other Lean in Europe visits, this is a one-day mission. After the debriefing session participants can either leave to travel home (by car/night flight) or join a networking dinner at a Berlin hotel.


Participants will be expected to cover their own travel costs and (if they need it) hotel accommodation costs. The EU-Japan Centre will cover the costs of the lunch, pre-meeting at Berlin Tegel airport, coach transfer to BMW and onward transfer back to the airport/to a city hotel, plus the networking dinner.

Thanks to the following organisations for helping to promote this visit


Any questions?

Please e-mail or call +32 2 282 3714.

BMW Group Plant Berlin

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