Press Release | 2021.03.01


Management representatives from BMW Group Thailand and the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce, along with teachers and vocational students who received scholarships from Don Bosco Technical College as part of the BMW Service Apprentice Program.


Bangkok. BMW Group Thailand presented scholarships to 11 vocational students from Don Bosco Technical College in batches 8 and 9 of the BMW Service Apprentice Program in a scholarship award ceremony recently held at BMW Group Thailand Training Center in Pathum Thani province. Now approaching a full decade of equipping vocational students with higher theoretical and practical skills, the BMW Service Apprentice Program is continuing its mission to elevate the Thai automotive industry through skilled workforce with international standards.


The BMW Service Apprentice Program was initiated in 2012 and recognized as part of the German-Thai Dual Excellence Education (GTDEE) program. The program curriculum was instituted in partnership with the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) and the BMW Group Thailand dealers’ network to train the students in essential technical skills. Over the program’s two-year period, participating students will be awarded with full scholarships and allowances throughout. BMW theoretical knowledge and practical training are taught at the BMW Training Center with on-the-job training and support provided by BMW certified technicians at authorised BMW dealerships.


Don Bosco Technical College entered into a partnership with BMW Group Thailand in 2016. Over the past five years, 33 students from Don Bosco Technical College have graduated from the BMW Service Apprentice Program. As of 2021, the Program has provided support to 185 vocational students across 9 batches. With continuous collaboration with 3 institutions in the Program – Don Bosco Technical College, Chitralada Vocational School, Chitralada Technology Institute, and the Eastern Technological College (E.TECH) – BMW Group Thailand will build on its commitment to develop the capacities and competitiveness of the Thai automotive industry.

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The BMW Group  
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries. 


In 2020, the BMW Group sold over 2.3 million passenger vehicles and more than 169,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to € 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce of 126,016 employees.


The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.


BMW Group Thailand  
BMW Group Thailand, a subsidiary of BMW AG, Germany, was established on the 3rd October 1998. The three entities of BMW Group Thailand are BMW (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for wholesales & marketing of BMW Group products, BMW Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for BMW and BMW Motorrad local production, and BMW Leasing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for financial services offerings to both wholesale and retail customers. 


In 2020, BMW Group Thailand recorded a stable performance with 12,426 BMW and MINI deliveries. A total of 11,242 BMW vehicles were delivered to Thai customers, a slight 4.3% decrease from 2019, while a total 1,184 MINI vehicles were delivered in Thailand, reflecting a small dip of only 1.7% drop year-on-year. BMW Motorrad Thailand maintained its performance despite difficult conditions in 2020 with 1,224 motorcycles delivered.


On the production side, the BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand plant was founded on BMW Group’s strong belief in the growth potential of Asian markets and Thailand in particular with its unique location, strong manufacturing base, and ready supply of skilled automotive labor, being an automotive hub for ASEAN. On-going investment has been put into the expansion of plant Rayong in terms of assembling processes, aiming to meet growing customer demand. In addition, with approximately 4 billion Thai Baht representing the amount of annual purchasing in Thailand, the BMW Global Purchasing office has been established in Thailand. This is to source various components from local suppliers in Thailand and the broader ASEAN region, in order to supply the entire BMW production network of 31 production and assembly facilities, located in 15 countries worldwide. 


BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand produces the following 17 models: BMW 2 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series, BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X5, and BMW X7. For BMW Motorrad, the BMW F 900 R, BMW F 900 XR, BMW F 750 GS, BMW F 850 GS, BMW F 850 GS Adventure, BMW R 1250 GS, BMW R 1250 GS Adventure, BMW S 1000 R and BMW S 1000 RR are also locally assembled at the plant. In addition, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand now assembles five BMW plug-in hybrid models; BMW 330e, BMW 530e, BMW X3 xDrive30e, BMW X5 xDrive45e and BMW 745Le xDrive.  


For further information, please contact: 
BMW Group Thailand



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