History

For almost 50 years now, our name stands for future-oriented charging systems. With our ideas we have always set new milestones in the turbocharger development. These successes are also reflected in the development of our company.

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  • BorgWarner supplies first turbocharger with integrated exhaust manifold made of sheet metal for gasoline engines
  • BorgWarner opens new production facility in Ramos Arizpe (Mexico) to meet growing demand of the North American market
2010
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BorgWarner launches first regulated 2-stage turbocharging system (R2S™) with variable turbine geometry (VTG) for a passenger car diesel engine

2009
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  • Expansion of the Oroszlany (Hungary) facility to meet customer demands
  • BorgWarner opens a new turbocharger facility in Rzeszow (Poland)
  • BorgWarner wins two Automotive News PACE awards for innovation and environmental sustainability for its regulated 2-stage turbocharging system (R2S™)
2008
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BorgWarner wins an Automotive News PACE Innovation Award and a PACE Collaboration Award for its VTG turbocharger for gasoline engines

2007
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  • Series production launch of the BV35, the smallest member of the VTG turbocharger family by BorgWarner
  • Regulated 2-stage supercharging (R2S) for the medium commercial vehicle segment goes into series production
  • Opening of production site in Pyongteak (Korea)
2005
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  • First VTG turbocharger with electric blade adjustment for commercial vehicles is put into series production by BorgWarner
  • First serial usage of regulated 2-stage supercharging (R2S) on a passenger car diesel motor
  • Founding of the joint venture Seohan Warner Turbo Systems in Korea
  • Expansion of the Development Center in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany
2004
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  • New BV generation with variable turbine geometry for passenger cars is put into series production by BorgWarner
  • First BV turbocharger with electric blade adjustment goes into series production
  • 3K-Warner Turbosystems GmbH undergoes a name change and is now called BorgWarner Turbo Systems GmbH
2003
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  • Opening of a central spare part logistics center in Europe
  • Series production of turbochargers with variable turbine geometry for commercial vehicles
  • Market introduction of R2S™ technology for marine motors
  • Production start for compressors made of titanium
2002
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  • Establishment of a turbocharger assembly facility in Oroszlany, Hungary
  • Construction of a development center for the North American market in Asheville
2001
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  • The development center in Kirchheimbolanden begins operating
  • The headquarters of BorgWarner Turbo Systems is moved to Kirchheimbolanden
  • Market launch of the new KP series, including the smallest turbocharger for passenger car diesel engines, the KP31
  • Start of production of passenger car turbochargers with variable turbine geometry (VTG)
2000
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  • Takeover of Schwitzer by BorgWarner and integration of it in BorgWarner Turbo Systems along with 3K-Warner
  • Inauguration of the new office building in Kirchheimbolanden, thus taking the first step toward concentrating 3K-Warner at the Kirchheimbolanden site
  • Start of construction of the world turbocharger development center of BorgWarner Turbo Systems in Kirchheimbolanden
1999
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  • Extension of the production capacity of the Kirchheimbolanden facility to 1.5 million turbochargers a year
  • Production of the 10 millionth turbocharger in the history of AG Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch
  • Founding of 3K-Warner Turbosystems GmbH as a BorgWarner subsidiary, after the acquisition of the supercharging systems division of AG Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch
1998
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  • BorgWarner Automotive, the world’s leading automotive supplier, acquires a majority stake in AG Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch
  • Extension of the capacity of the Kirchheimbolanden plant to one million turbochargers a year
1997
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Market launch of the new S-100 series

1994
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Market launch of the new K0 series for passenger cars

1992
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Gradual expansion of the production capacity in Kirchheimbolanden to 600,000 turbochargers a year

1986 -
1990
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Expansion of the production capacity of the Bradford, U.K. facility

1985
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  • Expansion of production at the Bradford, U.K. facility
  • Start of production at the new manufacturing site in Asheville, North Carolina
1980
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Gradual expansion of the production capacity in Kirchheimbolanden to 300,000 turbochargers a year

1979 -
1981
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Start of production at the new site in Bradford, U.K.

1978
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Start of production in Bradford, U.K. and Campinas, Brazil

1975
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  • AG Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch takes over Eberspächer’s turbocharger line
  • Development of the K series of turbochargers
1972
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Collaboration between Schwitzer (U.S.), AG Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch (Germany) and Holset (U.K.)

1962
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Production of turbochargers begins in Kirchheimbolanden, Germany

1960
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Production of the first Schwitzer turbocharger for Caterpillar begins

1954
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  • Turbocharger development and production start at AG Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch
  • The first Schwitzer turbocharger is used in a Cummins Diesel Racer
1952
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Schwitzer markets its vibration dampers

1949
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The first supercharger from Schwitzer

1928
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Founding of Schwitzer Company in Indianapolis/USA

1918
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Establishment of the joint-stock company of Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch in Frankenthal, Germany

1899