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BorgWarner to build new production plant in Brazil

Published 22 July 2011

BorgWarner, a provider of components for vehicle powertrain applications, will build a new larger production plant and engineering center in Itatiba City, Brazil, to meet the demand in the expanding automotive market in the region.

Construction of the 204,500 sq ft plant will be completed in August 2012 and will replace the current plant in Campinas.

The relocation of production capacity will allow the company to serve customers with various fuel-efficient technologies, including turbochargers for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, and viscous fans and fan drives.

The Itatiba City plant will produce turbochargers, fans and fan drives for passenger and commercial vehicles in South America.

The company said that the facility will be ready to support production for variable camshaft timing (VCT) technology and engine timing systems in the future.

BorgWarner chairman and CEO Timothy Manganello said increasing demand for the company's fuel-efficient technologies is driving significant growth for its business, especially in the rapidly expanding Brazilian market where the government is adopting new emissions regulations similar to Euro V standards.

"The new campus in Brazil fits BorgWarner's global growth strategy and underscores our focus on providing technology solutions aimed at improving fuel economy and reducing emissions," Manganello said.

"With our new facility, we will be able to expand existing product lines and introduce new technologies and products to growing markets in South America."