In what may be marked as a significant incidence across APAC automotive turbocharger market, BorgWarner has reportedly inaugurated its latest manufacturing plant in the Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate (Rayong), based in Thailand. Sources claim that the plant encompassing a total area of nearly 6,500 square meters would be including a high-grade production line of advanced turbocharging solutions.
If reports are to be relied on, the Michigan headquartered company has designed the plant in a bid to meet the ever-growing demand for these technologies from the expanding Asia automotive market. Some of the higher officials of BorgWarner seem to be highly optimistic about launching their leading-edge facilities in Thailand. According to Robin Kendrick, the President and General Manager of the firm, Thailand is a lucrative production belt for Asian automakers as it offers an outstanding business environment. Reportedly, a majority of the leading automakers already have their facilities in the country.
Industry experts familiar with the matter believe that by serving the regional stakeholders with their localized manufacturing, BorgWarner may be aiming to strengthen its leadership position in automotive turbocharger market.
For the uninitiated, BorgWarner Turbo Systems, formed by the epic merger of leading turbocharger producers Schwitzer and 3K, undoubtedly has a record of immense contribution in automotive turbocharger industry. Tapping on the prolonged experience gained in other production plants so far, the recent BorgWarner facility is claimed to have been architected following lean production principles. In fact, the meticulously designed structure of the plant would make the flow of materials and people along the production chain clear and efficient, cite sources.
For the record, BorgWarner’s Rayong based production line would take place in a hygienic environment with an air-conditioned airlock-enabled and over-pressurized shop floor. The extravagant arrangements seem to have been propagated in a bid to prohibit interference of any external particles in the production process.