On Monday, Manfred Erlacher, an employee of BMW for 29 years, officially assumed responsibility of BMW Manufacturing in Spartanburg. BMW had announced in July that Erlacher would replace Josef Kerscher as president of BMW Manufacturing this month.
Erlacher most recently served as managing director of BMW Plant Leipzig in Saxony, Germany.
Kerscher will assume the role of managing director of BMW Plant Dingolfing in Bavaria, Germany. Erlacher succeeded Kerscher once before as head of BMW’s Munich plant when Kerscher came to Spartanburg. Erlacher has been managing director of Leipzig since 2009 and recently led the plant through a major expansion.
An engineer by training, Erlacher has extensive experience in BMW production having led both assembly and body shop operations at Plant Munich before becoming managing director of the plant.
“I feel very fortunate to have been selected to lead this plant,” Erlacher said in a statement. “Spartanburg is a significant contributor to BMW’s global production network and I am excited about the opportunity to direct future growth and expansion in South Carolina’s automotive manufacturing industry,”
On Monday the company reported that BMW brand sales climbed 5.4 percent to 140,057 vehicles in October, compared to 132,826 the previous year.