Building team spirit and a sense of camaraderie is something that can be done both at the workplace and beyond the confines of a company. Combining this with an opportunity for increased well-being, employees at our facility in Asheville, North Carolina kicked off their “Mile to Marathon” program in 2018. Members of the “BorgWarner Roadrunners” participated in five races that same year, ranging from 5Ks to marathons, including the Kiawah Island Marathon in South Carolina. At the Kiawah Island Marathon, for example, a total of 43 Roadrunners – including family members – took part, whereby 14 runners competed in the full marathon and 29 took on the half marathon. Once the races had been completed, everyone celebrated their year-long accomplishments with an awards ceremony. BorgWarner in Asheville is proud not only of the individual accomplishments recorded by its employees, but also for creating such a great team-building activity.
BorgWarner ranks among the most attractive employers in the state of Michigan. This was the result of a survey undertaken by the Detroit Free Press. Almost 250 companies took part in this program in 2018. BorgWarner was honored in the “Large Company” category with more than 500 employees.
The anonymous survey, which encompassed 24 questions and involved employees rating their employer, measures factors such as work environment, compensation, company leadership, career opportunities, and communication. The participation rate among BorgWarner employees in Michigan was very high at 80 % – some 19 % higher than the average response rate for all participating companies.
“We are very honored to be recognized as one of the Top Workplaces in Michigan, above all because our own employees essentially gave us this award,” comments Frédéric Lissalde, President and Chief Executive Officer of BorgWarner. “Teamwork is so important in today’s business world, and we have an outstanding team. I would like to thank all our employees for making BorgWarner such a great place to work and embracing our corporate culture.”
Women in the driving seat: Lilian Sustaita (shown in the center with the award in her hands) at the presentation ceremony of the STEP Ahead Awards in Washington, D.C.
BorgWarner employee Lilian Sustaita was one of 130 women to be presented with a Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award in Washington D.C. on April 11. The US Manufacturing Institute uses these awards every year to honor women that have done outstanding work and displayed leadership skills in the manufacturing industry.
“Lilian is a fantastic example of a manager who is willing to learn and support others through mentoring and effective interpersonal communication,” comments Angelo Puglisi, Vice President Human Resources at BorgWarner Turbo Systems. “She finds creative solutions to difficult challenges, using what she has learned from other teams, tasks, and locations. Working with her is an inspiration.”
Sustaita works as a Material and Logistics Manager at BorgWarner in Ramos-Arizpe (Mexico). In this role, she operates as a mentor and supports colleagues specializing in program management and quality engineering. In addition to this, she is responsible for the SAP Excellence Program at BorgWarner.
The objective of this initiative is to offer employees comprehensive training on how to use material management and production planning software. Sustaita is also responsible for implementation of BorgWarner’s North America Footprint Strategy, which was developed to increase company value. Lilian Sustaita also ultimately demonstrates her leadership skills in her commitment to the SOS Children’s Villages – by supporting fund-raising campaigns and other activities at the Ramos facility.
BorgWarner can celebrate a very special success in China. The company’s Chinese locations were certified by the Top Employers Institute as Top Employers China 2019. BorgWarner China was thereby recognized for its achievements in the following 10 specific areas of human resources practices: talent strategy, talent acquisition, personnel planning, on-boarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits, as well as corporate culture.
“We are honored to achieve Top Employers certification in China,” comments Tom Tan, Vice President BorgWarner Inc. and President BorgWarner China. “The certification recognizes the outstanding work of every employee at BorgWarner, while reflecting our long-established corporate culture and beliefs.” To address the challenges in the ever-changing automotive industry, the company will continue to improve its human resources system. BorgWarner’s objective is to create an inspiring work environment for employees and support sustainable growth in the future.
Established more than 25 years ago, the Top Employers Institute has certified over 1,300 organizations in 115 countries. These Certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over five million employees globally. Excellent working conditions represent the basis for certification.
The facility reached the milestone with production of BorgWarner’s B01 turbocharger, the first flex-fuel turbocharger for 3-cylinder engines manufactured in Brazil. The product’s compact design features a compressor wheel made entirely of aluminum, an optimized bearing system, and a wastegate valve controlled by an electric actuator that optimizes NVH properties (noise, vibration, and harshness). The B01 turbocharger employs advanced materials to withstand exhaust temperatures of up to 1,050°C.
Production in Brazil originally started in 1975 with 25 employees at the Campinas location, where turbocharging systems were produced for commercial vehicles. The facility has been in the BorgWarner family since 1999 – so exactly 20 years. In 2013, it was then relocated to the 21,000 square meter site in Itatiba, which is home to state-of-the-art manufacturing systems and a development center. The facility was the first automotive supplier in Brazil to receive an LEED Green Building Certificate. Itatiba produces units for auto manufacturers and the aftermarket. The turbocharging systems are marketed both in the domestic market and exported.
Congratulations go out to our BorgWarner soccer team in Rzeszów! The team from the Polish location recently celebrated winning the championship in the Soccer Business League 2018/2019.
The Business League Rzeszów (LFR) is a prestigious sporting competition for companies and institutions in the Podkarpacie Voivodeship region. The event focuses on integration and having fun. However, it also offers plenty of opportunity to make new business contacts. The BorgWarner team worked tirelessly over three seasons to achieve the ambitious goal of becoming champions. The team’s victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that it was achieved less through excellent individual performances and more through outstanding team spirit and successful match actics. Thanks to its fantastic performance, the work team from Rzeszów BorgWarner is now set to take part in this year’s European Soccer Business League’s United Cup in Madrid.
This is what winners look like: the soccer team from BorgWarner in Rzeszów.
Besides new turbochargers for the automotive industry, BorgWarner also offers REMAN turbochargers for the spare parts market. Due to their growing popularity, these turbocharging systems have also been produced/ reconditioned at the Ramos location in Mexico since March 2019. The facility, which in the past has focused exclusively on production of new turbochargers, was extended to include 5,000 square meters of additional production and warehouse space for this purpose. The area used by Turbo Systems thereby increased to more than 12,000 square meters. The turbocharger specialist shares the facility with the manufacturing operations of BorgWarner Emissions products. Besides high-ranking politicians, Plant Manager Leonel Ruiz, further representatives of management, and numerous employees all took part in the ceremonial opening of the new building in March.
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