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US: BorgWarner upbeat on powertrain new business

By just-auto.com editorial team | 10 November 2009

BorgWarner has said that it expects US$1.8bn of new powertrain business for the period 2010 through 2012.

It says that the expected growth has validated BorgWarner's strategic focus on advanced technologies that reduce emissions, increase fuel economy and improve performance. Over the three-year period, BorgWarner expects to launch 80% of its new programs in Asia and Europe.

"Despite the historic change in the automotive industry over the last eighteen months, the emphasis on lowering emissions and improving fuel economy has remained constant," said Timothy M. Manganello, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. 

"While the contraction in the industry has reset global market volume expectations, our portfolio of powertrain technologies continues to drive industry-leading growth."

BorgWarner's engine and drivetrain technologies are designed for a variety of powertrains, from gasoline and clean diesel engines to hybrid- and all electric-powered vehicles. Of BorgWarner's total new business, 80% is anticipated from engine-related products such as turbochargers, ignition systems, emissions products, engine timing systems, variable cam timing modules and thermal systems. The other 20% is expected in drivetrain-related products including the company's  DualTronic transmission technology and its traditional automatic transmission and all-wheel drive technologies.

"BorgWarner has outpaced the growth of the industry by developing technologies that companies and consumers want and launching products with customers in those regions of the world that are adopting fuel-efficient technologies," Manganello continued. 

"The European market remains the leader in new powertrain technology and Europe accounts for 50% of our expected new business. As our expansion in Asia continues, we foresee new business sales in the region will account for about 30% of the total by the end of 2012. China represents more than half of that new business. North America is about 20% of BorgWarner's anticipated new business over the three years and includes new domestic engine programs aimed at improving fuel efficiency."

Turbochargers for advanced diesel and gasoline direct injected (GDI) engines account for about 35% of BorgWarner's new business with GDI programs representing a larger share compared with last year.  This shift reflects the growing importance of GDI engines to address the issues of fuel efficiency and emissions reductions. The market for turbocharged GDI engines is expected by BorgWarner to more than double over the next three years, from about 2.5m units today to over 6m by 2012.  Europe will remain the largest market for gasoline turbochargers but North America will be the fastest growing geography.

Another 13% of BorgWarner's new business is tied to the company's dual-clutch technology. The number of dual-clutch transmissions in the market is expected to grow to nearly 5m units by 2014, according to BorgWarner.