A sketch of the company's new Polish plant
A sketch of the company’s new Polish plant. Click image to enlarge

Auburn Hills, Michigan – BorgWarner has announced it broke ground for a new production facility in Rzeszow, Poland, where it plans to produce an initial 500,000 turbochargers for European carmakers beginning in 2009. Expansion over the next two years will increase capacity to up to two million units. The new facility will be the company’s 24th production plant in Europe.

The location, in southeast Poland, will allow BorgWarner to service vehicle manufacturers in both Western and Eastern Europe. The new plant is expected to create about 200 jobs.

“Increasing demand for fuel-efficient, turbocharged diesel and gasoline engines is driving significant growth for BorgWarner’s turbocharger business, especially in Europe,” said Roger Wood, president and general manager, BorgWarner Turbo & Emissions Systems. “The new plant in Poland fits BorgWarner’s global growth strategy and demonstrates our commitment to Europe as an industrial location.”

BorgWarner expects turbocharged light vehicle diesel engine production to grow by nearly 20 per cent in Europe, from about 9.8 million units to 11.6 million units in 2012. Over the same period, the European turbocharged gasoline engine market is anticipated to triple from about 1.1 million to 3.0 million units.

Connect with Autos.ca