BorgWarner celebrated the production of 5 million turbochargers in Itatiba
BorgWarner recently passed an important production milestone at its manufacturing facility in Itatiba, producing more than 5 million turbochargers in Brazil. The achievement highlights the company’s commitment to develop and produce clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles.
Robin Kendrick, President and General Manager at BorgWarner Turbo Systems, said: «BorgWarner is proud to produce our advanced technologies in Brazil. This milestone shows the importance of our production lines in the country, which boast state-of-the-art technology and extensive engineering expertise. Our turbochargers have the objective to help automakers meet fuel economy, performance and efficiency requirements. BorgWarner’s Brazilian facilities also offer our customers global expertise with local production».
BorgWarner’s local production serves both major automakers and the aftermarket, domestic and export markets. The 5 million turbochargers produced by the plant are at the service of all markets served by BorgWarner in Brazil as well as those in South America.
This achievement was possible with the production of BorgWarner’s B01 turbocharger, the first flex turbocharger for 3-cylinder engines manufactured in Brazil. The product’s compact design features a compressor wheel made entirely of aluminum, optimized bearing system and a wastegate controlled by an electric actuator improving the reduction of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). BorgWarner’s B01 turbocharger employs advanced materials to withstand exhaust temperatures of up to 1,050 degrees Celsius.
History in Brazil
In 1975, about 25 employees produced turbochargers for commercial trucks in Campinas, in the state of São Paulo. The plant joined BorgWarner in 1999 and, as production and also product lines improved, BorgWarner expanded the original facility with the construction of a new complex located in Itatiba, 80 kilometers from the city of São Paulo, in 2013. The 21,000-square-meter facility also boasts a green building certification (LEED), the first auto parts factory with this certification in Brazil, and an engineering and development center.