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  August 11th, 2015 | Written by

BorgWarner Localizes Production in Hungary, Brazil

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  • The expansion of the Hungary plant allowsBorg Warner to add all-wheel drive solutions to the production rotation.
  • Borg Warner exec: The plant “will allow us to meet growing customer demand with localized production."
  • Borg Warner’s new Brazil facility will help customers increase Brazilian-made content in their vehicles.

Auto power-train component maker BorgWarner has announced the expansion of its manufacturing facilities in Eastern Europe and South America to meet increasing global demand with what the Michigan-based company calls “localized production.”

Most recently, the company announced that it had increased the production capacity of its manufacturing facility in Oroszlany, Hungary, with the addition of 43,000 square feet of floor space.

Located about 50 miles outside of Budapest, the facility has been in operation for more than a decade producing turbochargers for gasoline and diesel engines.

With the expansion, the plant will add “advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) solutions” such as transfer cases, feeder pumps, valves and AWD couplings for Europe-based automakers to its production rotation, the Michigan-headquartered company said.

Over the next few years, the plant “will provide capacities that will allow us to meet growing customer demand with localized production,” said Dr. Stefan Demmerle, president and general manager of BorgWarner’s  TorqTransfer Systems Division.

Last month, the company said it’s now producing turbochargers for Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty trucks with “localized” manufacturing at its new plant in Itatiba City, Brazil.

“At our new facility in Itatiba, we have added capacity to help our customers increase Brazilian-made content in their vehicles,” said Frédéric Lissalde, president and general manager of BorgWarner Turbo Systems.

“In Brazil, commercial trucks transport the vast majority of goods throughout the country, carrying heavy loads over rough roads and varying elevations,” he said, adding the company’s turbochargers “deliver the proven performance and durability on which long distance and construction haulers depend.”