Erlacher recently oversaw an expansion of the Leipzig plant to build the new BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid.
BMW Group’s Spartanburg, S.C., manufacturing operation will get a new leader as part of a management shuffle effective Nov. 1, the company said today.
Manfred Erlacher, 58, managing director of BMW’s plant in Leipzig, Germany, since January 2009, will become president of BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg. He will replace Josef Kerscher, 59, who had held the post since 2007.
Kerscher will become managing director of BMW’s plant in Dingolfing, Germany, replacing Wolfgang Stadler, who is leaving to join Jaguar Land Rover’s board of directors.
Erlacher recently oversaw an expansion of the Leipzig plant to build the new BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid. He will be succeeded by Milan Nedeljkovic, head of assembly at Leipzig.
Kerscher has been with BMW since 1979. At the Spartanburg plant, he oversaw a near tripling of production, from 105,000 vehicles in 2006 to more than 301,000 in 2012. The plant builds the BMW X3, X5 and X6 crossovers.
In June, BMW Group’s U.S. sales increased 21 percent from a year ago to 33,729 units. For the first half of the year, the group’s sales rose 9 percent from the same period in 2012 to 173,291 units.