Positioned adjacent to North Shore BMW’s parts and service department, the new facility is at 49 Hotham Parade, Artarmon in New South Wales.
It covers 3000 square metres and has the necessary capabilities and tooling to repair all the brand’s models including allocated stations for the repair of EVs. Future plans include the installation of two high-capacity EV chargers, fed by a 32-amp power supply, for BMW’s existing and future electrified vehicles including the iX, iX3 and i4.
The bodyshop has the latest Glasurit 100 Line paint system, which uses a waterborne basecoat application designed to produce a superior finish while aligning with environmental considerations.
North Shore BMW Bodyshop general manager Glenn O’Donnell said the new facility was the result of a long and thorough development that was also mindful of the future and evolving requirements.
“We spent two years developing this site and at every step we were fully aware of what we needed to have in place to support customer needs in line with a fast-changing industry,” he said.
“We are proud to currently have 14 full-time staff with support from BMW’s globally certified training programs, which allows us to remain at the leading edge of technology and deliver a factory standard level of repair for our customers now and in the years to come.”
Mr O’Donnell said the existing shop currently repaired more than 20 vehicles a week but this will expand to up to 40 as the facility expanded.
BMW Group Australia head of aftersales Reiner Meierbeck said North Shore BMW Bodyshop was a prominent addition to the growing national network of accredited BMW bodyshops.
“Glenn and his team have done an outstanding job of creating and investing in a very impressive facility that addresses existing requirements but also has a very clear eye on the future with dedicated EV infrastructure and commitment to addressing shifting customer needs,” Dr Meierbeck said.
By Neil Dowling