Mazda has given BorgWarner’s Morse TEC facility in Nabari City, Japan , a value analysis/value engineering (VA/VE) award, one of only 13 presented to suppliers, for its proposal to “commonise” two kinds of timing systems for the automaker’s I4 engine, resulting in reduced costs and enhanced performance.

“We are honoured by Mazda’s recognition of our efforts on the VA/VE engine upgrade initiative that began in 2003,” said Alfred Weber, president and general manager, BorgWarner Morse TEC.

“Commonising timing systems has delivered significant cost reductions and improved NVH performance for the more than 1.3m engines the Ford and Mazda brands produce each year worldwide.”

Morse TEC Japan also supplies Mazda with Hy-vo brand transfer case chains for various truck applications.