BorgWarner Transmission Systems is responding to increasing demand for its DualTronic transmission technology in Europe (where it's best known as the VW group 'Direct Shift Gearbox or DSG) as work progresses on a new, 160,000-square-foot facility in France.

The operation, in Eyrein, north of Tulle, Correze, will include application engineering, testing and manufacturing capabilities for the innovative gearboxes and associated control systems. BorgWarner currently manufactures solenoids and transmission control modules at a plant in Tulle, and plans to move that operation's employees and production to the new facility when it is completed in the summer of 2006.

"We are very encouraged by the growth of dual-clutch transmissions in Europe," said BorgWarner Transmission Systems president and general manager Bernd Matthes.

"We believe the momentum for this technology will continue to increase, as more customers and drivers experience the fuel economy and performance benefits of this exciting technology."

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