BorgWarner has broken ground on a €100 million (US$115m) plant in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, intended to produce electrification products such as electric motors, inverters and battery management systems for global automakers in Europe. Production is slated to partially begin in Q3 2022 and to reach full capacity in 2024.
The 17,000-square-meter facility will house functions including operations, engineering, quality and purchasing, and is expected to create about 300 new jobs.
“Europe is a very important manufacturing base for global automakers. Our newest plant is strategically located to serve our customers with localised production and to meet growing demand for electrification products,” said Tony Allen, president and general manager Europe, BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems.
As part of its Charging Forward initiative, BorgWarner is accelerating the company’s electrification strategy and has announced plans to grow electric vehicle revenues to approximately 45% by 2030, along with a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.
“The new plant in Viana fits BorgWarner’s global growth strategy and demonstrates the company’s commitment to Portugal as an industrial location,” added Hugues Simion, plant manager at BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems Viana.