James R. Verrier, President and CEO of  BorgWarner, at the opening ceremony for the companys second Chinese turbocharger plant

James R. Verrier, President and CEO of BorgWarner, at the opening ceremony for the company's second Chinese turbocharger plant

BorgWarner has opened a new turbocharger production facility in Taicang, China.

The company says that the 15,000sq m facility is strategically located in a major development area close to Shanghai. It is BorgWarner's second turbocharger plant in China.

Propelled by growing demand in the expanding Chinese automotive market, BorgWarner says the new facility will produce advanced turbocharging technologies for several automakers.

BorgWarner expects the Chinese light vehicle turbocharger market to more than double from 4.2m units in 2014 to 8.6m units by 2019 as emissions standards become increasingly tight. The new production plant in Taicang will employ more than 150 people by the end of 2014, and this figure is expected to rise to 500 employees by 2018.

"With our new production facility in Taicang, we are building the foundation for our long-term expansion as a leading supplier of turbocharging technology, engineered and manufactured to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance performance," said Frédéric Lissalde, president and general manager, BorgWarner turbo systems. "Enhancing our capabilities will meet growing customer demand through localised production and strengthen our product portfolio and customer relationships in China."

Using natural lighting, solar power and rainwater recycling reduces the facility's energy consumption by about 22%.

Since establishing a turbocharger plant in Ningbo in 2006, BorgWarner has continuously enlarged that campus, using geothermal technology to heat and cool the building while reducing energy costs by 30-60% without emitting carbon dioxide, the company says.