BorgWarner plans to buy Delphi for $3.3 billion
Borgwarner's eTurbo system, set for use with a major European automaker for the 2022 model year, uses a mechanical turbocharger with an electric motor directly coupled to the shaft which can serve as either a motor or a generator. The integrated solution offers electrified boost assistance, the ability to capture excess turbine energy to generate electrical power, and precise air/fuel ratio control.
BorgWarner, Delphi

BorgWarner plans to buy Delphi for $3.3 billion

Absorbing Delphi will expand BorgWarner’s electrical systems and controls offerings, diversifying the company as it prepares for more electrification demand.

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Cleveland, Ohio – One of the largest suppliers of turbochargers in the world is buying General Motors’s (GM’s) former parts division Delphi for $3.3 billion in a bid to become a major supplier of powertrains for hybrids and electric vehicles (EVs).

BorgWarner has several electric system technologies, mainly centered around hybrids or electrified power boosting such as electric turbochargers. Delphi will provide more technologies and expertise in power conversion for fully electric cars, electronic controls, automotive integrated circuits.

“Combining with Delphi Technologies is consistent with BorgWarner’s evolution towards the propulsion market of the future and would enable BorgWarner to maintain flexibility across combustion, hybrid, and electric propulsion,” company officials said in announcing the purchase.

Following the purchase, which the companies expect to close by the end of 2020, BorgWarner’s current shareholders will own about 84% of the merged company with 16% going to Delphi.

In addition to electric drive, both companies offer a range of gasoline and diesel technologies. In addition to turbocharges, BorgWarner is a major supplier of transmission systems, starter motors, variable valvetrain systems, and other powertrain components. Delphi offers high-pressure gasoline direct-injection fuel systems, ignition systems, high-accuracy fuel gages, and test equipment.

In 2019, the companies had a combined $14.5 billion in sales.

“This exciting transaction represents the next step in BorgWarner’s balanced propulsion strategy, strengthening our position in electrified propulsion as well as our combustion, commercial vehicle, and aftermarket businesses,” said Frédéric Lissalde, president and CEO of BorgWarner who will continue to hold that position following the merger.

On the power electronics side, BorgWarner officials say they’re excited to get Delphi’s:

BorgWarner hopes to cut costs by $125 million by 2023, primarily in administrative and procurement savings.

About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design. He has written about the automotive industry for more than 19 years at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio; The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky; and The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.

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