US firm moves in next door to Jaguar Land Rover

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MD Tony Allen said being in closer in proximity would make technical meetings easier.

BorgWarner, a US-owned Fortune 500 company, has opened an office in Coventry to be closer to Jaguar Land Rover, its main customer in the UK.

BorgWarner, which manufactures automotive components, was previously based in Bradford, but has opted to move to the University of Warwick Science Park’s Business Innovation Centre near Coventry.

The company, worth $8bn, employs around 25,000 people across the world and specialises in developing and manufacturing components based on reducing emissions and improving fuel economy.

The firm supplies components to all of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers and boasted sales of $8.3bn in 2014.

Tony Allen, BorgWarner UK’s managing director, said: “Our new Coventry office will be utilised by our applications engineers, design engineers and sales people from multiple divisions.

“They will support our development work with Jaguar Land Rover on multiple turbocharger, emissions control and powertrain systems.

“We chose an office at the Science Park for the primary reason that it is within five minutes of the two main Jaguar Land Rover sites in Coventry.”

Speaking from a customer-relation perspective, Allen said there was a lot of interaction between the two firms and that it is important for BorgWarner to be somewhere close by so that technical meetings can be conducted easily.

“The office has a professional feel which is very important and being based at the Business Innovation Centre gives us flexibility on space should we need to expand in the coming years,” he added.

Manager of the innovation centre,  Penny Robb, said that it was a massive boost to the facility to attract such a high profile tenant to the site.