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Auto supplier BorgWarner to expand SC operations

Keywords: Tags  BorgWarner, plant expansion, automotive transfer case, cast iron, aluminum, magnesium, James Verrier, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — BorgWarner Inc. will invest about $24.6 million to expand its operations in Seneca, S.C., that manufacture transfer cases.

The expansion project will be completed in phases over the next few years, the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based company said. Transfer cases generally are made of cast iron, cast aluminum, aluminum alloys and sometimes magnesium.

BorgWarner said demand for powertrain technologies, such as gasoline and diesel turbochargers, all-wheel-drive systems, engine timing systems and emission-control products, is expected to continue to drive strong growth, and the company expects to gain $2.9 billion in new powertrain business for 2014 through 2016, up 26 percent from the previous three-year period.

Of the total new business, about 80 percent is anticipated to be from engine-related products, with the rest from drivetrain-related products, president and chief executive officer James Verrier said.

BorgWarner supplies parts and systems to automakers, including Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford Motor Co., Detroit-based General Motors Co., Germany’s BMW AG and Volkswagen AG and Japan’s Honda Motor Co. Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp.

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