BWI Group is a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global transportation market. On November 1, 2009 BeijingWest Industries Co., Ltd. (BWI Group), along with its global subsidiaries, acquired what was formerly the Chassis Division of Delphi Corporation. BeijingWest Industries Co., Ltd. is a joint venture of Shougang Corporation, and Beijing Fangshan State-Owned Asset Management Co. Ltd. Some global subsidiaries of BeijingWest Industries Co., Ltd. also do business as BWI Group in certain countries around the world.
BWI Group is the newest chapter of a rich automotive heritage which began in Dayton, Ohio, USA. Starting as Dayton Engineering Laboratory Company (Delco*), the business created the first electric starter for the global automotive market and went on to also introduce innovations in automotive lighting, ignition and other products. Later becoming part of General Motors, Delco Products was formed, and in 1927 manufactured shock absorbers. Over time many innovative automotive suspension products were introduced, including struts, leveling systems and electronically controlled damping. Delco Moraine, another part of BWI Group’s heritage with roots in the Dayton, Ohio area, was also a sister division of General Motors. Delco Moraine manufactured automotive brake products, beginning in the 1930’s with drum brakes. Over time other brake products were added, including power brakes, disc brakes, and controlled braking systems.
In the early 1990’s, Delco Products and Delco Moraine merged to create Delco Chassis, a full service chassis supplier of suspension and brake systems, modules, and components. In 1999 GM formed Delphi and spun off its component divisions. Delco Chassis became Delphi Chassis and embarked on a continuing journey of innovation and customer growth throughout Europe, Asia/Pacific and North America.
On November 1, 2009 BWI Group became the owner of Delphi’s suspension and brake businesses, serving the same well-known automotive, motorcycle, and specialty vehicle customers. The essential elements of the business continue with the same cutting-edge technology, management team, innovative employees, and quality products. Adding BWI Group’s resources, strong interest, and long term focus to the team sets the stage for carrying this proud heritage forward with future chassis products and services for our customers around the world.
BWI Group is a full service supplier of chassis, suspension, and brake products. Our people, technical centers, manufacturing plants and intellectual property enable us to bring to market a legacy of producing brake and suspension components, modules, and systems of more than 8 decades. This gives us a unique perspective as we work to find the right product solution for our customers. From synthesis and analysis of an entire chassis system, to suspension and brake prototypes, we have the experience and knowledge to weigh both the theoretical and real-world factors for successful customer specific designs and applications.
The BWI Group team has deep experience in designing and manufacturing both suspension and brake parts for customers around the world, which has given us an appreciation of the importance of adapting our products to meet the specific brand character and functionality requirements of each vehicle. For example, actual driving conditions as well as expectations vary from customer to customer, region to region and country to country. We understand that even vehicles intended for a “global” market must frequently have their suspension and brake parts tailored to meet specific market needs. Our widespread technical and manufacturing footprint enables us to work in partnership with OEMs around the world to make each project successful.
We can design, source and validate every component within these modules or combine our capabilities with part sources our customers have already chosen. The proven ability to manage Tier II and Tier III suppliers and deliver modules enables us to provide customers with valuable services, which goes beyond merely supplying parts.
From premium dampers and MagneRide® controlled suspension systems to brake calipers and Electronic Stability Control systems, BWI Group has innovative products and people. We support our products with a full line of analysis, prototype, test, and validation tools, as well as robust manufacturing and quality systems. We can support your projects too. If you would like to know more about BWI Group, contact us — and let us know how we can help make a difference in your business.