Published on 02/08/23
Year 12 student Deniz P tells us about the BMW Mini factory tour.
I think this tour was eye-opening more than anything else. We toured around the production line in Body in White (BiW), in awe of the scale that these twisting and sliding robots worked at.
Then we went to the Final Assembly where more workers were employed. We saw, in action, the very things that we are learning about in our Business A level such as mass customisation of cars produced just-in-time and how to motivate workers.
One surprise was the use of ostrich feathers to remove static before the paint is applied. Each car is then delivered to the customer who ordered it, mostly in the UK, USA or China.
We saw lean production with a global supply chain which gave us a better understanding of the concepts we write about in our essays. It was highly informative, it felt like an interactive episode of ‘How It’s Made’ as a rough comparison, and I’d wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is curious about tech, design, business or engineering.