BorgWarner Acquires Electric Cabin Heater Business

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AUBURN HILLS, May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — In anticipation of market growth expected for its electric cabin heaters, BorgWarner BERU Systems has completed the acquisition of BERU-Eichenauer GmbH by acquiring the shares of its former joint venture partner, Eichenauer Heizelemente GmbH & Co. KG. The former 50/50 joint venture was formed in 2000 to develop and manufacture electric cabin heaters in Kandel, Germany. The acquisition formally took effect on May 1, 2010.

“Trends in electrification and down-sized internal combustion engines are expected to continue to drive demand for electric cabin heaters,” explained Dr. Thomas Waldhier, President and General Manager, BorgWarner BERU Systems.

Whether gasoline, diesel, hybrid or electric, today’s more efficient powertrains run cooler. When outside temperatures drop, these engines frequently do not provide enough heat to adequately warm the cabin or defrost the windshield. Installed as heating elements behind the coolant fluid heat exchanger, BorgWarner BERU System’s electric cabin heaters generate warmth quickly and efficiently, providing drivers and passengers with a clear view and a comfortable ride. These high-power electric cabin heaters are currently being utilized in BMW Mini E rental vehicles in the United States, Great Britain, Germany and other countries.

BorgWarner BERU Systems is a worldwide leading supplier and manufacturer of diesel cold start technology and ignition technology for gasoline vehicles. Its electronics and sensor technology provide more comfort and safety for applications in various engine and vehicle functions with products such as direct-measuring tire pressure monitoring systems and sensors for applications in engines, powertrain and exhaust systems.

Auburn Hills, Michigan-based BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA) is a product leader in highly engineered components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications worldwide. The FORTUNE 500 company operates manufacturing and technical facilities in 61 locations in 19 countries. Customers include VW/Audi, Ford, Toyota, Renault/Nissan, General Motors, Hyundai/Kia, Daimler, Chrysler, Fiat, BMW, Honda, John Deere, PSA, and MAN. The Internet address for BorgWarner is: http://www.borgwarner.com/.

From compact mechanical solutions to electronically controlled comfort systems, BorgWarner BERU Systems offers customers and climate control equipment manufacturers flexible cabin heater solutions for internal combustion engines, hybrids or all-electric vehicles.

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Source: BorgWarner Inc.

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