(BWA) BorgWarner Boosts VCT Technology

BorgWarner Inc. (BWA) is set to expand its variable cam timing (VCT) technology with a complete suite of new cam phasing technology for I4 engines. The cam phasing technologies include cam torque actuated (CTA) and torsional assist (TA) phasers together with optional mid position lock technology.

The phasers consist of integrated center bolt and spool valve, which facilitates installation and supports smaller package size. In addition, it provides automakers provision to select the best technology with a compact package and simplified installation system.

The CTA phasers use the torsional energy in the valve train and thus operate faster under a wider range of engine speeds and temperatures using less engine oil compared with the conventional VCT systems.

On the other hand, the TA phasers uses torsional energy and standard engine oil pressure to operate and achieve 70 degrees or more of crank rotation. Thus, the the company’s phaser technology actuates rapidly and provides enhanced low-end engine performance for downsized gasoline and diesel I4 engines.

BorgWarner plans to deploy the new variable cam timing technology with a major global automaker on diesel and gasoline applications in 2015. The company also plans to produce the CTA and TA phasers in its new facility in Eastern Europe. The new production unit will be complementing the existing global facilities producing VCT technology and will help the company meet the global customer needs with local production.

BorgWarner is a leading manufacturer of powertrain products for the world’s major automakers. The company operates in 59 locations in 19 countries, providing products that are capable of improving vehicle performance and stability along with fuel efficiency and emission levels.

These products are manufactured and sold worldwide, primarily to original equipment manufacturers of passenger cars, SUVs, trucks and commercial transportation products. The company’s largest customers include Volkswagen AG (VLKAY), Ford Motor Co. (F), Toyota Motor Corp. (TM), and Honda Motor Co. (HMC).

Currently, BorgWarner retains a Zacks #4 Rank, which translates into a short-term (1 to 3 months) Sell rating.
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