My acquaintance with the world of BMW Group in Munich began with a visit to the Center for dismantling and recycling of cars BMW. I arrived there in the morning, I was greeted by two members of the Center and led to show that what they are doing here. I spent the past racks, which were brand new-looking car. As soon as they were to disappear, dissolve over time, turn into dust. So BMW comes with all its test cars, prototypes, which were tested, which checked the work of the new components and technical solutions. All of them now was prepared for one event – go to the press. But up to this point they have yet to make a few humiliating procedures.
In the parking lot – all the color of the Bavarian automobile.
It all starts here.
On a special stand with a remote external control connected to the computer machine, there is undermining squibs associated with airbags.
Or, as they say, in the center – there is their neutralization. Including those that are disconnected from the battery contacts are located in the trunk.
I wore ear protectors, the master remote buttons pressed. Inside the car began to explode pillows.
A few seconds later it was all over.
With these cars take off anything that might come in handy in the future.
All spare parts are at the warehouse Research Center, where they are used on the new prototypes.
The following operation is performed on a specially constructed for this stand. Of all the machines pumped liquid in it: gasoline, oil, antifreeze.
Master untwists all that can be unscrewed and merges all that can be drained.
Special hand press neutralized gas shock absorbers.
Defeated and almost destroyed the car is laid into the Procrustean bed of the press.
Now the top cover is closed and all …
All car now – it’s small size cube, which is now the same ruthless steel crane arm in cast iron container, and he went to the crusher.
Absolutely everything will go to the cause – the metal parts melted, cloth, leather, foam will be crushed into a powder and will be used in production.
Here is a cute cube, which once became one of the test MINI, standing in the foyer at the entrance.
For a couple of days here, you can dial the exhibits for the whole exhibition of contemporary art.
BMW annually recycles so 4000 its cars.
The men who accompanied me said that virtually every employee of the Center initially under stress.
Destroy creation of human hands, but still is – a difficult test even for professionals.
And then, they say nothing, get used.