BMW to boost hirings in Germany

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2 August 2004 , MUNICH - German automaker BMW said Monday it aims to increase its workforce in Germany, despite the likelihood that the domestic car market would not revive before next year. Sales chief Ludwig Willisch, in an interview published Monday in the Berliner Zeitung newspaper, said, the company had hired 965 people so far this year, adding, "That will continue." In July, the company's main German competitor, DaimlerChrysler, threatened to reduce production in Germany and make up the shortfall in

2 August 2004

MUNICH - German automaker BMW said Monday it aims to increase its workforce in Germany, despite the likelihood that the domestic car market would not revive before next year.

Sales chief Ludwig Willisch, in an interview published Monday in the Berliner Zeitung newspaper, said, the company had hired 965 people so far this year, adding, "That will continue."

In July, the company's main German competitor, DaimlerChrysler, threatened to reduce production in Germany and make up the shortfall in production at its plant in South African where labour rates are cheaper.

"The success of BMW depends in large measure on the know-how of its employees," said Willisch.

A revival of the German car market would occur next year at the earliest, he predicted. "This year, not much will change significantly."

DPA

Subject: German news

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