BorgWarner has opened a new 100,000 square-foot technical center in Noblesville, Indiana. The new facility combines operations from existing locations in Anderson and Pendleton, Indiana. The new technical center increases the company’s research and development capacity to meet growing customer demand by expanding the prototype building and testing capabilities for its electrified products. The building’s open concept office space is designed to spur employee collaboration and creativity, according to the company.
“The new facility with its state-of-the-art lab and creative workspaces enables the research, development and testing of current and future hybrid and electric propulsion systems and components,” said Stefan Demmerle, president and general manager of BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems. “This facility will be a key site in BorgWarner’s mission of developing clean, energy-efficient propulsion technologies.”
Strong emphasis was placed when designing the building on creating an optimal, well thought-out, productive work environment, according to BorgWarner. The open concept features interactive office environments and spontaneous collaboration zones that enhance communication, inspire innovation and improve efficiency. Employees can meet and work in one of five social hubs with different types of seating arrangements-one of the focus rooms for privacy, individual conference rooms with a variety of seating options, or the multipurpose room which overlooks a small patio area.
The new technical center’s 40,000 square-foot lab will conduct testing and prototype building along with expanded operations dedicated to BorgWarner’s growing electrified portfolio. The Noblesville location will develop and validate a variety of power electronics products as well as the company’s motor, alternator and starter products.
In addition, a dedicated sound chamber will conduct noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) testing, dedicated shaker tables will test for vibration and the lab will conduct metallurgy testing and analysis, and metrology, including coordinate measuring machine (CMM) measuring capability and calibration.
The office area is home to the original equipment and aftermarket sales team, customer service, information technology, finance, quality, human resources and global supply management, as well as designers, engineers and administrative staff.