BorgWarner Opens Turbocharger Plant in Poland

First Turbochargers Delivered in Less than One Year from New "Green" Facility

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BorgWarner (NYSE: BWA (external - login to view)) officially opened its new state-of-the-art production facility in Rzeszow, Poland, southeast of Krakow. The nearly 60,000-square-foot (5,500-square-meter) operation has the capacity to produce up to 500,000 diesel and gasoline turbochargers a year for carmakers in Europe. The new location allows BorgWarner to optimally supply the Fiat Powertrain Polska factory in southwest Poland with turbochargers for its 1.3-liter diesel engines, used in various models.

"Due to the high proportion of diesel engines, Europe is already a key turbocharger market," said Roger Wood, BorgWarner Engine Group President. "Because increasing numbers of European carmakers are using downsized, turbocharged gasoline engines, we expect the percentage of vehicles with intelligent turbocharging concepts will increase."

BorgWarner delivered its first turbochargers less than one year after breaking ground for the facility in March 2008. The new facility is BorgWarner's 24th production plant in Europe.

Designed as a "green" building, the facility features sensor-controlled lighting to ensure that lights are switched on only when people are in the room as well as special materials in the roof and walls to significantly reduce energy consumption.

BorgWarner Turbo & Emissions Systems is a leading global producer of turbochargers, exhaust gas recirculation valves and other engine air management systems for passenger cars, light trucks and commercial vehicles. These systems are designed to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance vehicle performance