Day 7 – See you on the streets of India

In our first week of the German-Indian exchange project we have already seen some businesses of different sizes. We visited a local company which employs handicapped people and Krones, a “Mittelstand“ machine manufacturer. But today, on June 8th, our group of 10 students and 1 teacher from Lotus Valley International School went to see the Bavarian Motor Werke, better known as BMW. Their biggest manufacturing plant in Europe is located in Dingolfing and it took us approximately 1 hr by bus to reach it from school. All of my friends and I were very excited to see it. Since years we are talking about German cars and we were eager to see how they were built.

BMW Dingolfing
Our Indian group in front of BMW Dingolfing

As we arrived at Dingolfing (exact position: plant 2.4; gate 3) we were greeted by our very friendly and energetic guide for the trip, Ms Steffani, who took us to a conference room immediately. There we saw an introductory video about the entire plant. During this video the history of BMW, the structure of the company and their philosophy was explained, too.
After this informative movie Ms Steffani guided us to the assembly part, which is the last step in manufacturing a brand new BMW. All the parts including the engine, the tyres, the doors of the car are assembled there. By the way, did you know that they call the assembling of chassis and the tyres is called “the wedding”?

At this part of the manufacturing process were many engineers and other workers which added different compartment to the cars “just in time”. But the most interesting was to see the robots working! The robots were also engineered and designed by a German company called Kuka. Without making any mistakes they glued parts together, mended metal components or moved different pieces from one place to another.

As we went on with our tour through the BMW plant we could also see how different parts of the car are pressed into their desired shapes and sizes. Even this work was totally done by machines. Only sometimes workers checked the presses and changed the adjustments when necessary.

And then at last, we went to the paint shop, where again robots painted the car according to the customer’s choice. The actual painting process was a long and – because of the foggy paint – a breath taking process, but the robots managed it without complaining or hesitating! Finally the car was finished and was carefully cleaned with ostrich feathers.

It was amazing to see the work done to perfection. Every minute the workers of BMW paid attention to every single detail to create a perfect car.

Who knows? Perhaps we will see one of the cars which were built today soon. I am looking forward the next time I am seeing a BMW on the streets of India.

“Written” by Khwahish

One Reply to “Day 7 – See you on the streets of India”

  1. Dear Khwahish,
    Every author is pleased about feedback and readers, this joy I make you gladly.
    I’ve visited the Johannnes-Turmair Gymnasium (JTG) website in the last few days for various reasons and have read your blog with interest. As a former JTG student, I have a special view of your activities, the interior view of a student who pressed the benches of the JTG over 50 years ago, back then still in the venerable buildings on the old address at Stadtgraben 39, Straubing.
    When you mentioned KRONES, I remembered that I worked with this globally successful company: In the early 1980s, KRONES introduced new CAD software for product development. At that time I trained the first users, designers and supervisors in the use of this software. These were the first steps in computerizing the design and development of KRONES AG machines.
    I also found common interests in the keyword INDIA: In the last 25 years I have been several times in India (mainly in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal) and for a few years I have been a member of the GDIZ (Ges. f. Deutsch-Indische Zusammenarbeit) in Munich and led an Indian-German Forum in Kolkata last year ( ).
    I can only congratulate you on your excursions and journeys. In my school days there were no such possibilities. Nevertheless, I think today, the 9 years at the JTG were a profound basis for my later professional life.

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