Issue: Oct 2006


BorgWarner Congratulates BERU For Winning Automechanika Innovation Award



by Rob White

BERU AG, in which BorgWarner holds a majority stake, has been honored with a 2006 Automechanika Innovation Award for its pressure-sensor glow plug. The award jury, comprised of leading representatives of science, industry and the media, considered criteria such as originality, functionality, quality and environmental compatibility in assessing more than 100 nominations from 80- some companies in 15 countries. The BERU glow plug was honored in the "Parts" category, and was one of only 13 innovations selected in 8 product categories.

"As the world's leading supplier of diesel cold-start technology, BERU's technology contributes much to fuel economy and emissions reduction," said Tim Manganello, BorgWarner Chairman and CEO. "The integrated combustion-chamber sensor that earned BERU its most recent award helps automakers comply with increasingly stringent exhaust regulations for diesel engines. I'm proud to congratulate BERU for its leadership in this area of vital importance to the industry and the environment."

The BERU pressure-sensor glow plug provides accurate and stable pressure signals from the engine combustion chamber, permitting the use of closed-loop controls in series production. The system consists of a robust heating rod from the BERU diesel Instant Starting System, combined with a sensor that records the quickly changing pressure levels in the combustion chamber and relays the information to the electronic engine controls.

The product will be launched in late 2007 for use in diesel vehicles manufactured by two of the world's largest OEMs.

The Automechanika Innovation awards were presented September 12 in Frankfurt, Germany, during the opening celebration of the Automechanika trade fair, a leading international automotive industry event.

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