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Borg-Warner

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February 1959. Morse Chain Division.
November 1968. Morse Chain Division.

of Letchworth, British subsidiary of a US company, makers of automatic transmissions.

1901 Warner Gear company was founded in USA

1903 Borg and Beck Company founded in USA.

1909 Warner Gear began manufacturing a manual transmission for cars[1].

1919 Became private company in UK.

1928 The Borg-Warner Corporation was formed - including Borg and Beck, Marvel-Schebler, Warner Gear and Mechanics Universal Joint.

1929 The US parent acquired Morse Chain.

1955 establishment of plant at Letchworth to make automatic gearboxes[2]

1961 Power transmission engineers, manufacturing roller chains, flexible couplings, Morse timing chains, specialising in overdrives and automatic transmissions. 900 employees.[3]

1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Transmissions.[4]

1981 Fiat was BW's first major customer for thier advanced CVTs.[5]

1987 Leveraged buy-out of Borg-Warner Corporation; Borg-Warner Automotive Inc., is created as a subsidiary of a new Borg-Warner Corporation

1993 Borg-Warner Automotive Inc. was spun-off from Borg-Warner.


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Sources of Information

  1. Borg Warner history [1]
  2. The Times, Oct 14, 1968
  3. * 1961 Dun and Bradstreet KBE
  4. * 1963 Motor Show
  5. The Engineer 1981/02/26