BorgWarner Inc today inaugurated its new production plant in the Caidian Economic Development Zone in Wuhan, China, significantly expanding its propulsion system capability and capacity for hybrid and electric vehicles (EV). The new facility is spread over an area of 48,595 sq m, and integrates functions including production, engineering, quality, sales, logistics, administration and finance. In its efforts to support growing demand from the Chinese combustion, hybrid and EV market, the facility will produce drive motors, P2 motors, belt alternator starter systems, starters, alternators and related components.
Construction of the Wuhan plant started in 2016, a year after BorgWarner’s acquisition of Remy. The new facility integrates the former Remy plant with nearby production sites and adds new production lines. In addition to its original capacity, the new plant will produce drive motors, P2 motors, and other EV and HEV products locally for the first time, the company noted. This facility has been designed as a lean manufacturing facility under BorgWarner’s worldwide standards that are guided by community and environmentally-friendly principles. Over 300 employees currently work in the plant, and the company expects the workforce to double in five years.
Dr Stefan Demmerle, President and General Manager, BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems, said this is a new milestone in the company’s history in China. The new plant will significantly improve BorgWarner’s manufacturing capability in combustion, hybrid and electric vehicle products, underpinning its sustained growth in coming years, he added. Dr Stefan Demmerle further said, “leveraging our leading technologies and system integration ability, we will continue to meet growing demand from Chinese EV and hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) customers with our localised production and engineering capability.”