Tour of BMW Group Plant Leipzig
Up to 860 premium traditional BMW vehicles are produced at the Leipzig plant with the aid of highly qualified employees and innovative production technology. Each BMW automobile is individually produced and tailor-made to the client's wishes and preferences. Several thousand parts in many different colours and sizes and thousands of production stages are necessary before the vehicle is ready to start what is often a long journey to the client.
Every traditional BMW vehicle built in Leipzig passes through the pressing plant, body shop, paint shop and assembly, and the sophisticated logistics system is vital to the whole production system. It takes less than 40 hours to build a BMW in Leipzig including rigorous quality checks.
In addition to traditional car production, the plant has its focus on the production of electric cars with CFK light weight bodies. The BMW Group has invested about 400 million Euros until 2013 for the enlargement of the plant.
The series production of the BMW i3 started in September 2013, the sportive BMW i8 is produced since May 2014.
This tour will allow Summit participants to take a behind-the-scenes look at the BMW Leipzig Plant including the unique central building, designed by the famous architect Zaha Hadid.
Tour of the Porsche factory
The Porsche factory in Leipzig incorporates the latest advances in car manufacturing to meet customers’ needs and expectations, where modern modular manufacturing allows flexible demand-orientated vehicle production. In close collaboration with well-established service providers, the production process can be dynamically adapted at any time to meet current requirements. Moreover, modular production improves quality as well as reducing costs.
Since August 2002, the Cayenne has been built in Leipzig, and between 2003 and 2006, the small series of the now legendary super sports car, the Carrera GT was produced here with a total quantity of 1270 cars.
Panamera, the fourth series outdoor four-seater sports coupé has been built at the Leipzig plant since 2009. Since June 2016 after an expansion of the Leipzig plant, the complete production of the Panamera is taking place here.
In March 2011 Porsche made the decision to build the Macan, the fifth Porsche model line, in Leipzig. For the production of the Macan, Porsche has built a new factory unit with body shop and paint shop, which are operational since February 2014. So far, Porsche has invested about 1.3 billion euros in the Leipzig plant.
The tour of the factory will afford Summit participants an exclusive look behind the scenes of the factory.
The CargoBeamer intermodal transport system: the future of trans-European rail transport for Heavy Goods Vehicles
A key challenge for European transport policy is to manage the increasing road freight transport. Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) make up almost 60% of road transport in Europe and are the most common means of freight transport; however these vehicles are not compatible with conventional intermodal operations such as crane technology.
CargoBeamer developed a unique and innovative solution that is facilitating a shift from road to rail for heavy freight transport. It helps to reduce congestion on Europe's roads while supporting transport companies in reducing their carbon emissions.
CargoBeamer’s automated system for Unaccompanied Combined Transport allows unaccompanied rail-freight transport of all road-trailers on specifically designed rail-wagons. These road-trailers can be loaded either in automated CargoBeamer terminals or by using conventional crane technology.
Since April 2015, CargoBeamer ALPIN offers to customers a shuttle service along the Gotthard axis from Germany to Italy via Switzerland. Thanks to a reduced loading height, CargoBeamer rail cars fulfil the clearance gauge requirement on the Gotthard axis and allow the transportation of non-craneable semi-trailers with a corner height of up to 4 m. Up to 28 non-craneable semi-trailers, refrigerator trucks, walking floor trailers, silo or tank trailers per train are transported over the Alps. The switch from road to rail takes place in Germany in Cologne North terminal and in Italy at the Domodossola rail hub.
Participants in the tour to CargoBeamer’s Leipzig facility will experience a demonstration of the first Europe-wide licenced CargoBeamer wagons operating in a plant terminal fitted for automated, parallel horizontal loading of standard road trailers.
Please note that while the tour is scheduled for 1.5 hours, due to logistics and travel times it may take up to 2 hours.