American automotive supplier, BorgWarner has aimed to strengthen its footprint in India by launching a new technology centre – India Propulsion Engineering Centre (IPEC) – in Whitefield, Bengaluru.
The new facility at Whitefield, which is tasked to develop electronics and electrification products, is spread over an area of 95,000 square feet, is currently staffed with around 320 software and electronics engineers. The company aims to expand the workforce to 550 engineers by end-2023.
BorgWarner will focus on developing EV-specific products such as inverters, DC-DC convertors, on-board chargers, integrated drive modules, and battery management system (BMS), in line with its roadmap of targeting 45% revenues from EV components by 2030. It will also, however, develop propulsion controllers for internal-combustion engines and transmissions at this new facility.
The new tech centre will specialise in systems, software, and electronic-hardware engineering, and will offer end-to-end development, testing and validation support to BorgWarner’s engineering centres across three continents – North America, Europe, and Asia.
The company will also leverage Indian software talent to focus on the areas of functional safety, as well as cybersecurity, and build and expand its capabilities in these domains.
“We are engaged in growing our capabilities and product portfolio in the EV domain and our main focus in India is to invest to build our competency and expand the team that supports our global engineering operations,” Guenther Raab, vice-president, Engineering, BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems told Autocar Professional.
BorgWarner’s engineers at the IPEC will develop system architectures using Enterprise Architect and Polarion-based tools, conduct modeling simulations with Matlab Simulink-based models, use Creo tools for the mechanical design of electronic products, and leverage software suite to build software for these components. The facility will also deploy simulation and fully-integrated systems of electro-mechanical drive systems and build engineering capabilities in this domain as well.
“This centre is being established to cater to global engineering work across North America, Europe and Asia, particularly China, and support global platform development. Our idea is to become more efficient and competitive as a supplier, as well as within the engineering vertical in the company,” Chandrasekar Krishnamurthy, global engineering director, Systems, Software and Engineering Excellence, BorgWarner said.
“To support our future growth plans, we would need to scale our engineering resources as well, and with the availability of top-quality software and systems engineers in Bengaluru, we want to tap into that talent pool,” he added.
Krishnamurthy further remarked that the India EV ecosystem is evolving and the company is taking note of the market trajectory from its customers.
“With our global capability in place and also having exposure to specific requirements from the Asia region where we are very strong in countries like China and South Korea, we are strategizing our way forward in terms of positioning ourselves in the Indian market. The recently-concluded Auto Expo 2023 Components Show in New Delhi has given us a lot of insight into the market’s evolution and things look extremely positive from an application’s perspective.
“BorgWarner has registered tremendous success in Europe in catering to OEMs with our high-voltage power electronics for passenger vehicles. We are also seeing a lot of success in China where we can compete with the local suppliers and yet be successful, and more recently, even in North America, our inverter technology is being accepted very well. India has a huge role to play in these products,” Krishnamurthy said.
“There is a common understanding that a technology centre in India must have a lot of focus on software, and while there will be software capability at IPEC, it is being planned for full-scale engineering and product development, and that is why the strategic name,” Krishnamurthy signed off.