Pro-Ecological Solutions and Initiatives

Implemented by BWI Group at R&D Center

  The BWI Group Research and Development Center in Balice, Poland, a northwestern suburb of Kraków, was opened in 2020. From the very beginning, the design of the facility was guided by the idea of maintaining the principles of sustainable development, which was so successful that in the same year the building was awarded first place in the 2020 Prime Property Prize competition in the Green Building category. At the very beginning, good pro-ecological practices were introduced, and the course continues to this day.

  The building in which the BWI Group Research and Development Center operates is equipped with a trigeneration combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) system. It is a modern gas-powered power generator enabling optimal management of utilities by heat recovery from the engine, which is used to regulate the temperature in the rooms: heating through a heat exchanger, cooling through an absorption unit. Planned improvements will soon extend the functionality of the system to include heat recovery for cooling machines in laboratory areas. It is here that cogeneration was used for the first time in an office and laboratory unit in the BWI building.

  Several other pro-ecological solutions and initiatives have been implemented:

  In the common rooms, automatic light sensors have been installed. These sensors regulate consumption depending on the intensity of natural light and the presence of personnel.

  Throughout the building, water valves in social rooms automatically shut of in the event of not closing the valve (tap), protecting against the waste of precious water resources.

  Air conditioning has been limited to working hours only. This is sufficient to ensure the comfort of room users. In off-hours, air conditioning is shut off.

  A flower meadow is maintained in the immediate vicinity of the building, positively impacting the daily functioning of the staff with its greenery and colorful mix of flowers. Interesting insect houses are present next to the meadows, which is very conducive to preserving the natural environment.

  For bicycle commuters, BWI Group provides a very spacious shelter with various types of bicycle racks. Cyclists have at their disposal changing rooms, showers, hair dryers and clothes dryers. In addition, many BWI Group employees regularly take part in the annual NCU Bike to Work campaign, in which the most persistent cyclists are rewarded. BWI Group also sponsors riders with cycling T-shirts and sweatshirts.

  In May 2023, the first BWI Group Ecology Day was organized. As part of the day, volunteer employee crews cleaned rubbish from the areas directly adjacent to the BWI Group facility. Additionally, 14 new trees of various varieties were planted.

  Steps are being taken to eliminate plastic in the facility’s immediate surroundings. Plastic water cups have been replaced with ceramic ones. Employees received a commemorative mug with their initials from the company at the annual company party.

  In our company canteen we have placed information about the amount of CO2 generated by the preparation of a specific dish. In this way, we build awareness of the impact that each of us has on the environment.

  The company car fleet now includes hybrid vehicles so that employee business trips may be done with an eye towards generating the lowest possible exhaust emissions.

  Energy consumption is closely monitored on an ongoing basis so that our facilities operate in the most sustainable and efficient ways possible. For example, test machine operation is optimized to minimize energy consumption and maximize savings.

  The facility is certified according to the BREEAM standard, a system used to assess and improve the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of business assets at every lifecycle.

BWI Group partners with ClearMotion for High-Volume Active Suspension Business

BWI Group, a global leader in automotive braking and suspension system technology, has partnered with ClearMotion Inc., a global transportation technology company, to supply essential full-active suspension components and subsystems to a leading Chinese New Energy Vehicle (NEV) manufacturer.

Following the two firms’ successful research and development collaboration on the ClearMotion1 (CM1) high-bandwidth active suspension system, this milestone marks a break-through, giving BWI and ClearMotion a clear advantage in an important emerging market focused on increased vehicle passenger comfort, productivity, and experience.

The CM1 active suspension system combines BWI Group’s market-leading vehicle damping technology with ClearMotion’s deep intellectual property portfolio and know-how of vehicle and hydraulic motor/pump control. Coupled with ClearMotion’s control algorithms and integrated master control software, this brings dramatic levels of passenger compartment motion control in both dynamic and static situations: when integrated with the infotainment system, CM1 delivers an immersive in-cabin experience, too.

“Drawing upon our proprietary and extensive suspension damping system expertise, BWI technology solved inherent technical challenges usually present in high-bandwidth full-active suspension systems,” said George Chang, CEO of BWI Group. “ClearMotion and BWI Group together make a great team, utilizing our respective strengths to empower smart mobility.”

ClearMotion CEO Christian Steinmann commented, “We’re delighted to have BWI as a key strategic partner, leveraging our combined expertise to revolutionize in cabin experience via advanced suspension systems. ClearMotion1 will provide enhanced comfort, increased performance, improved safety, and entertainment for an immersive user experience for mobility of the future.  This partnership with BWI solidifies our shared vision to advance new technologies, shaping a new era of mobility.”

About BWI Group

With innovative and impactful solutions, including MagneRide® active damping, AeroRide™ air suspension, and ValveRide™ continuously variable damping as well as DBC1280 ESC, iDBC1 One-Box, and iDBC2 Two-Box brake systems, BWI Group is a premier chassis supplier that designs and manufactures brake and suspension systems for the global transportation market. For more information visit  

About ClearMotion Inc.

ClearMotion builds products enabling a next-generation user experience in vehicles. The company’s proactive suspension and road sensing software mitigate vehicle motion across uneven road surfaces. ClearMotion was founded out of MIT and has locations in Boston, USA, Birmingham, UK, and Shanghai, China. For more information visit

BWI Group Fangshan Plant Reduces Carbon Emissions

  Starting October of 2019, the Fangshan Plant completed its 1.5 MV roof PV power generation project with BWI Zero Investment and enjoyed 30% electricity price reduction with reference to standard price of national grid.

  Average annual green power generation volume is about 1200MWh, total produced 4150MWh. It has reduced carbon emission about 2506tCo2 and achieved cost savings more than 1million yuan. Additionally, it reduced carbon quota cost about 0.20 million yuan each year. Looking forward, during the next 25 years of photovoltaic electricity generation, it will reduce carbon emissions by 18000t Co2 and contribute cost savings of approximately 6million yuan.

  In January of 2020, the air compressor waste heat utilization project was put into use, replacing the gassed boiler of the electroplating line. It annually reduced gas consumption by about 38,000 m³, saving natural gas cost of about 100,000 yuan. It reduces carbon dioxide emissions by about 82 tons each year. The is a project to help the plant ensure the essential safety of operation.

  Through facility upgrading, lean energy management, and efficient operation of each process, the BWI Group Fangshan plant’s utilities spending per damper is reduced by 41% compared with 2016, and the comprehensive energy consumption (main utilities) per damper is reduced by 48%. Major utilities spending accounted for sales reduced 38.6% from 2016.

  By implementing the sustainable development strategy of “BWI 2.0,” the Fangshan Plant will continuously make further efforts on lean energy management along the journey of green development in 2023. The action plans include expansion of PV on some available areas which will increase green electricity by 3% and the upgrade to a new GVSD compressor which will not only reduce the power cost (35% cost savings), but will also meet increasing production capacity. It will reduce power cost by 0.50million yuan each year. The plant will improve its metering system and build an intelligent power data platform. With digital drive, the plant will achieve three-levels (plant level, regional level, equipment level) of energy consumption data.

The best of two worlds

What happens when you bring together a premium tier-one supplier of brake and suspension systems to the world’s leading automakers and a think tank that has been developing innovative concepts for the automotive industry for a quarter of a century?

You create a cooperation in which core competencies are combined in the best way imaginable! With the aim of offering customers even greater benefits and developing the future of braking systems for the automotive industry of tomorrow.

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New Lead Investor for BWI Group

BWI Group announced on September 19, 2022, that Beijing West Smart Mobility Zhangjiakou Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd., led by Zhang Jia Kou Financial Holding Group (ZJKFH) and an assembled syndicate of key investors has acquired the majority ownership shares in BWI Group (BWI).  ZJKFH, brings a long-term vision to invest and grow the global BWI business.

As the lead investor, ZJKFH will cooperate with other investors to provide the benefit of their financial strength and diversified industrial portfolio to BWI. The new shareholders will operate the business with a team of experienced automotive executives led by Mr. George Chang, who is named Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Chang and his experienced global leadership team will focus on several business objectives including improving top line revenue growth and driving manufacturing excellence.

About Zhang Jia Kou Financial Holding Group (ZJKFH)

ZJKFH originated in the city of Zhangjiakou and is a diversified financial holding group. The city of Zhangjiakou is one of the car manufacturing bases in northern China hosting a series of major producers as well as several auto parts suppliers.

About George Chang

Mr. Chang is a well-regarded automotive executive with industry experience at Nissan and Autoliv.  For the latter he held various leadership positions, the most recent being Global President for Autoliv’s $8.0 B passive safety business.