Automotive supplier to deliver turbochargers for JLR's next-gen engines; plans to expand facilities and start a master's degree in the UK revealed

BorgWarner has confirmed that it will supply turbocharging technology for the next generation of four-cylinder engines from Jaguar Land Rover.

In order to assist with production of the new engines, BorgWarner is planning to enlarge its existing 35-year-old manufacturing facilities in Bradford, as well as building a new engineering centre. This centre will provide engineering, design, simulation, testing and production validation labs.

To ensure that development and production continues long in to the future, the company is also establishing a master's degree program in turbocharger engineering at the nearby University of Huddersfield.

"With our investment in local production and testing, BorgWarner will provide Jaguar Land Rover with fast-to-market, high-quality advanced technologies adapted to their specific needs," said Frederic Lissalde, president and general manager, BorgWarner Turbo Systems.

"BorgWarner's investment in innovation will also help support the local economy with highly skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs, and our increased collaboration with the university will help develop the talent needed to drive turbocharging advancements for the future."

The news follows the announcement that Jaguar Land Rover is planning to spend £2.75 billion each year for the next four years on new products and production facilities.

Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover's purchasing director, said, "Jaguar Land Rover remains committed to enhancing and developing the automotive supply chain in the UK. This contract is a great example of how we want to work in partnership with our supply chain to develop innovative solutions to support future growth.

Jaguar Land Rover's new range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines is expected to launch in 2015.

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23 May 2013

I didn't know BorgWarner still existed.  I remember it when it had cornered the UK market with automatic gearboxes; in the 60s and 70s, every automatic car had a 3 speed BW box and it also  had a monopoly on overdrive units.   Seems everything was handed over to ZF on a plate.

23 May 2013

And more than just marketing hype, so it would seem.

23 May 2013

Borg Warner is thriving - but not under the names you recognised - it joint-owns Aisin-Warner with Toyota which makes most of the world's transverse-engined automatics for all brands -GM, Ford and many others, with only VAG, Honda and Nissan doing their own thing.

BW also does rather nicely in 4wd systems as it owns Haldex which is fitted in just about all 4wd systems, including VAG.

23 May 2013

Be interesting to see how this develops, I'm only a couple of miles away from their place.

23 May 2013

Interesting to discover the connection between Aisin-Warner / Haldex and Borg Warner.  And good news for the growth of domestic production.   Which contrasts  with the news about Ford in Australia.

JLR are good news for the UK.  I have bought and support their products.  Perhaps other UK  manufacturing Companies should be considering this before they go out and buy their Mercedes, BMW or Audi?

23 May 2013

BorgWarner Bradford is just the UK subsidiary of the US-based BorgWarner Inc, a major component supplier to the world automotive industries.

23 May 2013

Nice to hear they are investing in the next generation of engineers.

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