History

History

2015

BorgWarner produces the first flex fuel turbocharger and engine timing systems made in Brazil. The company manufactures its 1 millionth GenV all-wheel drive coupling in Landskrona, Sweden; 5 millionth DualTronic® clutch and mechatronic module sets in Tulle, France, and Arnstadt, Germany; and 5 millionth turbocharger and 1 millionth variable cam timing phaser in Ningbo, China.

The company breaks ground for new plants in China and Thailand, expands facilities in Mexico and the United States, and opens new facilities in Brazil, Hungary, India and South Korea.

After acquiring Remy International, Inc., BorgWarner combines it with TorqTransfer Systems and renames the business PowerDrive Systems. Morse TEC also changes its name to Morse Systems to better reflect its expanded product line.

BorgWarner receives a 2015 PACE Innovation Award for its front cross differential (FXD) technology. Two innovations are named finalists for the 2016 competition.

2014

BorgWarner builds its 4 millionth DualTronic® clutch and mechatronic module sets in Tulle, France, and Arnstadt, Germany. In Ningbo, China, the company produces its 1.5 millionth exhaust gas recirculation valve and 1 millionth variable cam timing phaser.

BorgWarner is named sole North American supplier for two-speed, part-time four-wheel drive transfer cases for Toyota Tundra pickup trucks. The transfer case featured in the Toyota Tundra is also equipped with BorgWarner’s HY-VO® transfer case chain.

The company opens new facilities in Portugal, China, Brazil and Mexico, and expands in Hungary as well as in Michigan and Illinois in the United States. New facilities in China and Brazil earn gold and silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, respectively. Five facilities in China, Hungary, Poland and the United States earn BorgWarner CEO Safety Excellence Awards.

BorgWarner acquires Gustav Wahler GmbH & Co. KG, a manufacturer of exhaust gas recirculation valves and tubes as well as coolant control valves for on- and off-road applications.

BorgWarner receives a 2014 PACE Innovation Partnership Award for its collaboration with GM as well as a PACE Award for its Eco-Launch™ solenoid valve. Three BorgWarner innovations are named finalists for the 2015 competition.

2013

BorgWarner’s facility in Dixon, Illinois celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Borg-Warner Trophy™ appears with 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Kanaan’s image is the 100th added to the iconic trophy.

BorgWarner produces its three millionth pressure sensor glow plug for diesel engines.

BorgWarner debuts the world’s first front cross differential (FXD) technology on the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The system enhances vehicle traction, handling and stability without sacrificing power. It also costs less and offers better fuel economy than all-wheel drive systems.

The company expands its Emissions Systems business with new facilities in India and Portugal. At its campus in Poland, BorgWarner adds a new production plant and engineering center for advanced chain-driven engine timing systems and transmission solenoids.

BorgWarner’s regulated three-stage (R3S) turbocharging system for diesel engines wins a 2013 Automotive News PACE Award as well as an Innovation Partnership Award for its collaboration with BMW. BorgWarner’s Eco-Launch™ solenoid valve is named a finalist for the 2014 competition.

2012

GenV AWD coupling is introduced.

BorgWarner BERU Systems celebrates 100 years and BorgWarner Transmission Systems marks 75 years in Germany.

BorgWarner launches the first two-stage turbocharging system for commercial diesel engines in Asia and supplies the first two-speed active all-wheel drive transfer case for the Ford F-150.

In Brazil, BorgWarner builds a new engine and drivetrain production facility and engineering center to design and produce technologies that help car manufacturers comply with new government regulations.

BorgWarner expands its facility in Ningbo, China, with a new engineering center and manufacturing facility to produce variable cam timing technologies and engine timing systems.

As the exclusive turbocharger supplier for the IZOD IndyCar® Series, BorgWarner’s EFR (Engineered for Racing) turbochargers complete the entire season and accumulate 212,000 miles during practice, test, qualifying and race events without incident.

BorgWarner’s turbocharger with low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation technology wins a 2012 Automotive News PACE Award. Three BorgWarner technologies are named finalists in the 2013 competition, including the regulated three-stage turbocharging system, advanced compact brushless actuator, and Visctronic® high-speed reservoir system.

2011

Morse TEC's variable cam timing (VCT) with mid position lock technology is named an Automotive News PACE Awards finalist. 

One million turbochargers are built at the BorgWarner campus in Ningbo, China, in only four years.

BorgWarner acquires the Swedish-based Traction Systems division of Haldex AB, which makes innovative all-wheel drive technologies.

2010

BorgWarner's eGearDrive® transmission is named an Automotive News PACE Awards finalist. 

BorgWarner's turbocharger plant in North Carolina achieves five million hours without a lost time injury.

The two millionth DualTronic® module set is built in France and Germany.

BorgWarner acquires Dytech ENSA to expand its product portfolio in exhaust gas recirculation technologies.

The BorgWarner China Technical Center opens in Shanghai, and a new facility opens in Chennai, India, to provide manufacturing, sales and engineering support for the Thermal Systems business.

2009

Acquired advanced ignition technology (EcoFlash®) from Etatech Inc.

BorgWarner receives two Automotive News PACE awards for its cam torque actuated (CTA) variable cam timing phaser and pressure sensor glow plug for diesel engines as well as an honorable mention for the DualTronic® performance package for the Nissan GTR. In addition, BorgWarner and Ford win a collaboration award for the 2009 Ford 3.0-liter Duratec V6 engine.

BorgWarner United Transmission Systems, a joint venture with 12 automakers in China, is established to produce various dual-clutch transmission modules. Transmission Systems AutoForm Ltd., a majority-owned joint venture, is formed in Eumsung, Korea.

The first LEED-certified "green building" in the country, a new turbocharger plant opens in Poland.

BorgWarner Morse TEC builds its one millionth chain timing system in China.

2008

BorgWarner acquires the remaining shares of BERU AG. The new business is named BorgWarner BERU Systems. Series production of pressure sensor glow plugs (PSG) begins. 

BorgWarner's regulated two-stage (R2S®) turbocharging technology wins two Automotive News PACE Awards for innovation and environmental sustainability.

The turbocharger production facility in Hungary expands, and new plants for Thermal Systems open in China.

A second facility opens at BorgWarner's campus in Arnstadt, Germany, to support growing demand for DualTronic® transmission technology. The site includes two manufacturing plants, a vehicle lab and test track.

2007

Haldex Cross-Wheel Drive (XWD) launches on a global platform. 

BorgWarner's majority-owned subsidiary, SeohanWarner Turbo Systems, opens a new production facility in Korea.

The one millionth DualTronic® module is produced in Germany, and the one millionth InterActive Torque Management® (ITM®) all-wheel drive system is manufactured in South Carolina.

The European Drivetrain Competence Center opens in Germany.

BorgWarner wins a record five awards at the Automotive News PACE Awards ceremony with two finalists, two PACE OEM collaboration honors and a PACE innovation award for its variable turbine geometry turbocharger technology.

2006

BorgWarner acquires the European transmission and engine controls product lines from Eaton Corporation in Monaco. 

BorgWarner opens new facilities in Korea, France, Germany and China, expanding operations for a variety of its businesses.

2005

Emissions Systems introduces first brushless turbo actuator. 

Partnering with the Mannheim University of Applied Science, BorgWarner establishes a TurboAcademy to train future engineers in the fundamentals of turbocharger technology.

The one millionth electronic Visctronic® fan drive is produced. The controls are manufactured in Dixon, Illinois, and the fan drive is built in Fletcher, North Carolina.

BorgWarner opens an office in Shanghai and a production facility in Ningbo, China. NSK-Warner also establishes a joint venture in Shanghai.

BorgWarner receives its first Automotive News PACE Award for its DualTronic® transmission system. PACE Awards honor superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers.

BorgWarner acquires a majority interest in BERU AG, a leading supplier of diesel cold start technology, sensors, electronics and ignition technology.

BorgWarner's world headquarters moves from Chicago to the metro Detroit area, a key location in the worldwide automotive industry.

2004

Haldex Gen III AWD coupling is introduced.

BorgWarner Morse TEC opens a new plant in Korea and a second plant in Japan to meet growing demand for timing systems. 

BorgWarner forms a majority-owned joint venture in Korea, known as SeohanWarner Turbo Systems. 

2003

Demand for engine and four-wheel drive systems drive record results.

Dualtronic™ transmission technology debuts on the Audi TT and VW Golf R32. 

2002

ITMI AWD coupling launches at Hyundai.

Thermal Systems develops and patents electronically front and rear actuated viscous fan drives (Visctronic®) with high-speed reservoir.

Haldex Gen II AWD coupling is introduced.

Turbocharger technology advances create new business opportunities with VW/Audi, Peugeot, Ford and Renault. 

Company is organized into Engine and Drivetrain Groups to spur collaboration and growth. 

2001

Fuel-efficient DualTronic™ transmission technology is selected for 2003 production by a major European automaker.   

2000

The first phases of major multi-year contracts with Ford and Honda for engine timing systems are launched. 

The first application of computer-controlled all-wheel drive for passenger cars and crossover vehicles is introduced.   

1999

Wahler starts production of electrically heated thermostats.

BorgWarner acquires Eaton Fluid Power, Kysor and Schwitzer Cooling to form BorgWarner Cooling Systems. 

New cross-business programs are launched. New concepts to automate transmissions are developed. 

Acquisitions expand turbocharger and cooling systems' growth platforms. Schwitzer joins AG Kühnle Kopp & Kausch to form BorgWarner Turbo Systems. 

1998

3K-Warner Turbosystems GmbH is founded as a BorgWarner subsidiary, after the acquisition of the turbocharging systems division of AG Kühnle Kopp & Kausch. 

BorgWarner's FWD/AWD system is patented.

Plastic air induction modules are introduced on Chrysler vehicles. 

1997

NSK-Warner introduces carbon-impregnated friction materials for all Lexus V8 engine models.

The one millionth TOD® transfer case is produced. 

Production of the 44-09 4WD transfer case for Mercedes-Benz begins. 

1996

BorgWarner introduces the one-way clutch system for Ford's 5R55 transmission family.

Three automotive business are acquired from Coltec industries, including Holley Automotive. 

1995

Production of 44-05 Torque-on-Demand® (TOD) transfer case, the first application of computer-controlled all-wheel drive, begins for Ford. 

1994

Morse Gemini™ chain system is developed and goes into production. 

1993

Borg-Warner Automotive Inc. was spun-off from Borg-Warner Security Corporation and becomes an independent company.

1992

One-piece UNI-BAND® transmission band assemblies are introduced. 

1987

Borg-Warner Corporation goes through a leveraged buy-out and, through a series of complex transactions, ceases to exist. Borg-Warner Automotive Inc., is created as a subsidiary of a new corporation named Borg-Warner Corporation (later known as Borg-Warner Security Corporation). 

1984

Electro-magnetic mode synchronization for part-time transfer case is introduced.

1983

Lightweight MAJI-BAND® brake band assemblies for automatic transmissions are developed. 

1980

Warner Gear introduces advanced four- and five-speed manual transmissions, T4/T5, for cars and light trucks.   

1974

Advanced engineering work begins on a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). 

1973

A modern, full-time four-wheel drive transfer case, which incorporates HY-VO® chain and a torque-biasing differential, is developed.

1968

BorgWarner acquires Stieber Rollkupplung GmbH, a forerunner of BorgWarner Transmission Systems. 

1967

ENSA, a forerunner of BorgWarner Emissions Systems, is formed. 

1965

Morse Chain begins manufacturing HY-VO® chain. Holley Carburetor Company builds its 100 millionth carburetor.   

1964

NSK-Warner, a joint venture with NSK Limited, is established to supply the rapidly growing Japanese automotive industry.

1961

Warner Gear introduces the Model 35 aluminum automatic transmission. 

1960

Eaton, a forerunner of BorgWarner Thermal Systems, develops the first viscous fan drive for Buick and eventually captures the market for other major segments, including commercial truck, agriculture and construction.

1956

Warner Gear introduces the T10 four-speed high-performance manual transmission used in Chevrolet's Corvette.

1955

Paper-based wet friction materials and products such as friction plates are pioneered. 

1952

AG Kühnle, Kopp + Kausch, another forerunner of BorgWarner Turbo Systems, develops turbochargers in Germany. 

Schwitzer, a forerunner of BorgWarner Turbo Systems, introduces its turbocharger at the Indianapolis 500.

1950

The Spring Division, now known as BorgWarner Transmission Systems, introduces the Sprag Clutch. 

A three-speed, automatically shifted transmission for passenger cars, the "Ford-O-Matic," is introduced.

1948

Velvet Drive™ Transmissions is founded.

First Wahler wax element thermostat is introduced.

1940

Warner Gear, a forerunner of BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems, begins manufacturing transfer cases.

1937

Stieber Rollkupplung GmbH, a forerunner of BorgWarner Transmission Systems, begins manufacturing clutches in Germany.

1929

BERU AG, the forerunner of BorgWarner BERU Systems, develops its first glow plug for starting cold diesel engines.

Morse Chain, the forerunner of BorgWarner Morse TEC, is acquired. 

1928

Borg-Warner Corporation is formed. Founding companies include Borg & Beck, Marvel-Schebler, Warner Gear and Mechanics Universal Joint.

1912

Julius Behr and Albert Ruprecht combine their names and know-how to establish BERU AG in Germany. The forerunner of BorgWarner BERU Systems, the company invents and produces an innovative spark plug to deliver reliable crank starts for gasoline engines.

1909

First manual transmission is manufactured by Warner Gear.

Louie Schwitzer, an automotive innovator, wins the first auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

1906

Morse begins manufacturing automobile chain.

1904

Borg & Beck is founded. George and Earl Holley begin producing carburetors.

1902

Wahler, a forerunner of BorgWarner Emissions Systems, is founded.

1901

Warner Gear, a forerunner of BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems, is founded.

1880

Morse Equalizing Spring Company, forerunner of Morse Chain, is founded.