GAMA Automation Update and BMW Plant Tour
(First-ever of its kind) 
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Location:  Presentations by World-Renowned Experts Start at the Joint Offices of Tunkers North America, SAR Automation, Murrplastik, and B&K
520 Brookshire Road, Greer, SC 29651 - (near Greenville/Spartanburg, SC)

Followed by a BMW Engineer-guided tour of the BMW Body-in-White Plant (Body Shop) in Greer, SC

BMW Plant Tour Starts at the Joint Offices - Buses will be provided to and from the BMW Plant.
Proposed Schedule for the Day (subject to change):
  • 8:30am - Registration and Networking at Joint Office facility
  • 9:00am - Opening Remarks and Overview – GAMA, plus Introduction of Host Companies – SAR Automation, Tunkers, Murrplastik, and B&K
  • 9:15am - Dr. Stefan M. Baginski of BMW Manufacturing Co. - “Agile Manufacturing in High Volume Production”
  • 9:45am - Marc Auger of Coherent, Inc. - "Lasers in Automotive - new e-mobility opportunities"
  • 10:05am - Presentation by SAR Automation including special presentation by Christian Brandmaier of SAR Germany - "Virtual Manufacturing"
  • 10:35am - Presentation by Tunkers including special presentation by Christian Heyer of Tunkers Germany - "Automation Innovations"
  • 11:05am - Presentation by Murrplastik
  • 11:20am - Presentation by B&K
  • 11:35amDr. Stefan M. Baginski of BMW Manufacturing Co. - Overview of the Afternoon’s Body Shop Tour”
  • 11:45am - Buffet Lunch served, and ongoing demonstrations by SAR Automation, Tunkers, Murrplastik, and B&K
  • 12:30pm - Assemble participants into pre-assigned groups for transport to BMW
  • 1:00pm - Arrival at BMW Body Shop
  • 1:15pm - Tours begin of Body Shop - groups of 20 each – simultaneous BMW Engineer-led tours of numerous workstations – audio headsets provided
  • 3:45pm - Return departure for Joint Office facility
  • 4:00pm - Continued Demonstrations and Networking; Refreshments
  • 5:00pm - Meeting concludes
It is recommended that you register early since previous plant tours have sold out quickly. Price increases March 2.




GAMA is a non-profit trade association which passionately promotes growth, profitability, and workforce development in Georgia’s and the region's automotive and ground transportation industry.  GAMA is a community of businesses, both domestic and international, with common interests and goals, which provides a highly interactive forum to help members achieve the following:

  • higher levels of innovation, quality, and profitability
  • professional success through unique educational opportunities
  • successful networking among customers and peers
  • solutions to workforce development issues


  • March 26, 2020 - Automation Update and BMW Plant Tour - Greer, SC - Presentations by Top Automation Suppliers, and In-Depth Tour of BMW Body-in-White Plant in Greer, SC - REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AND IS FILLING QUICKLY.  SPONSORSHIPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE. 
  • April 28, 2020 - Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting SAWF - Callaway Gardens, GASPONSORSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE
  • April-May, 2020 - Automotive Diversity and Inclusion Meeting - Location TBD