BorgWarner Inc. a large automotive supplier in Auburn Hills, today announced the opening of a new production plant in the Caidian Economic Development Zone in Wuhan, China.
As part of its efforts to support growing demand from the Chinese combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicle market, BorgWarner’s new facility will produce drive motors, P2 motors, belt alternator starter systems, starters, alternators, and related components.
The 280,000-square-foot facility integrates comprehensive functions including production, engineering, quality, sales, logistics, administration, and finance.
“This is a new milestone in BorgWarner’s history in China. The new plant will significantly improve our manufacturing capability in combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicle products, underpinning our sustained growth in coming years,” says Stefan Demmerle, president and general manager of BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems.
“Leveraging our leading technologies and system integration ability, we will continue to meet growing demand from Chinese electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) customers with our localized production and engineering capability.”
Local government officials, customers, suppliers and media representatives were invited to join BorgWarner’s management and employees today to celebrate the official opening of the BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems Wuhan Plant, which included a ribbon cutting and a tree planting ceremony.
The construction of the Wuhan plant started in 2016, one year after BorgWarner’s acquisition of Remy. The new facility integrates the former Remy plant with nearby production sites and adds new production lines.
In addition to its original capacity, the new plant will produce drive motors, P2 motors, and other EV and HEV products locally for the first time. Designed as a lean manufacturing facility, more than 300 employees currently work in the plant, and the company expects the workforce to double in five years.
BorgWarner is a global product leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid, and electric vehicles. With manufacturing and technical facilities in 66 locations in 18 countries, the company employs approximately 29,000 people.