BorgWarner Begins Research and Development at New Engineering Center in Brazil

BorgWarner Strengthens its Position as a Leading Supplier of Advanced Turbocharging and Thermal Systems Technologies with its New Engineering Center in Itatiba City

Auburn Hills, Michigan, February 5, 2015 – BorgWarner expands its product leadership in highly engineered engine and drivetrain components with the start of research and development at its new engineering center in Itatiba City, Brazil. BorgWarner’s state-of-the-art 21,500-square-foot (2,000-square-meter) engineering center provides capabilities for application engineering and research and development to create new technologies for the rapidly growing Brazilian automotive market. Totaling over 226,000 square feet (21,000 square meters), the campus in Itatiba also includes a production facility to manufacture several environmentally friendly technologies for passenger cars and commercial vehicles such as turbochargers, viscous fans and fan drives, engine timing systems and emissions technologies.

“With our new engineering center in Itatiba City, we are strengthening our position as a leading supplier of advanced powertrain solutions engineered to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and increase performance,” said James R. Verrier, President and Chief Executive Officer, BorgWarner. “Driven by Brazil’s INOVAR-AUTO regulations, BorgWarner supports customers with fast-to-market solutions and introduces new technologies precisely tailored to the needs of the market.”

BorgWarner’s campus in Itatiba City is strategically located close to major development regions, only 80 km northwest of São Paulo. The new engineering center features two engine test stands to quickly develop and validate new technologies locally to meet the unique specifications of the Brazilian market. For example, BorgWarner’s leading turbocharging technologies are optimized for flex fuel engines that use Brazilian fuel containing either 20-25 percent ethanol or 100 percent ethanol. With the ability to further expand its testing capabilities with up to four engine test benches in the future, the new engineering center is another important element of BorgWarner’s efforts to provide fuel-efficient technologies that reduce emissions and enhance performance for vehicles around the globe.

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