DETROIT -- Cosworth, the U.K. engineering company with roots making engines for Formula One racing teams, is moving closer to an initial public offering by developing advanced driver-assistance and autonomous technology to entice investors.
Cosworth, which has shifted focus from motorsports to powertrain, electronic and sensor technology for the cars of the future, has opened a U.S. manufacturing plant in Michigan.
The new factory reaching full production is one of the three milestones the company plans to achieve before going public in the next year or two, CEO Hal Reisiger said Monday. Cosworth also plans to have a solid-state lidar product for autonomous vehicles ready for production and to continue developing advanced driver-assistance and autonomous technology.
One of the next steps in the company's expansion also includes building a presence in Asia.
Reisiger said he was optimistic about Cosworth's valuation, which he declined to estimate. Chairman Kevin Kalkhoven indicated to Reuters this month that an IPO could commence as soon as the second quarter of next year, but Reisiger asked for patience.
"We will do the IPO when both we and the market are ready, and not before," he said. "Auto-tech companies are currently getting healthy valuations, and we believe that at the time we go public, we will be able to get a valuation that is equitable with the rest of the market."