Valeo has been serving the United States automotive market for 25 years. Here are a few of the important milestones that mark our growth in the country.
Valeo acquires Blackstone, an American firm specializing in engine cooling with facilities in the United States, Mexico and Canada and European subsidiaries in Sweden, Italy and Spain. The Blackstone name was official changed to Valeo Engine Cooling on Oct. 1, 1990.
Valeo and Osram Sylvania form the joint venture company Valeo Sylvania to supply exterior lighting systems to the North American market.
Valeo acquires the Electrical Systems business unit of ITT Industries in June 1998. The acquisition of ITT Electrical Systems massively reinforces Valeo’s presence in the American market. It makes the Electrical Systems branch one of the three world leaders in the wiper systems, electric motors and electronic sectors, including switches and sensors. In addition, the acquisition enables all Valeo branches to be represented in North America.
Valeo and Raytheon Company finalized an agreement to create Valeo Raytheon Systems, Inc. The joint venture was formed to develop and market new automotive systems based on advanced sensing technologies, including vehicle blind spot detection, backup assist and collision warning systems. Valeo Raytheon Systems combines Raytheon's expertise in radar technology with Valeo's automotive engineering, marketing and sales experience.
Valeo Engine Cooling’s, Greensburg, Ind., site wins the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. Awarded by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, it recognizes Valeo’s pollution prevention efforts through the elimination of hexavalent chrome in production and in the waste water treatment process.
Valeo wins a 2005 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award for its LaneVue™ lane departure warning system.
Valeo wins a 2006 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award for its StARS micro-hybrid system.
Valeo Climate Control in Hamilton, Ohio, receives the Daimler Trucks North America Masters of Quality Award.
Valeo wins a 2007 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award for its Multi-Beam Radar (MBR) blind-spot radar sensor.
Valeo sells its truck engine cooling division on May 31, 2008, to TitanX in order to focus its engine cooling activity on passenger cars and light utility vehicles. The Division employed 900 people in three production sites (two in Sweden and one in Jamestown, New York) and generated sales of €176 million in 2007.
Valeo wins a 2008 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award for its Park4U® park assist system.
Valeo Raytheon Systems, Inc. is renamed Valeo Radar Systems and becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Valeo.
Valeo announces an important transformation of its organization on July 15, 2009. It now is structured into four Business Groups and with a strengthened role for the National Directorates.
Valeo opens its first production facility in Michigan. Located in Highland Park, the plant builds front-end modules for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Valeo acquires Niles, a Japanese automotive supplier with operations in the U.S., on February 23, 2011. The deal complements Valeo’s existing switch-making business and makes it the worldwide leader in the interior controls market.
Valeo installs a 1,600-square-foot technology showroom located at its Troy, Mich., featuring products developed and sold by its Powertrain Systems, Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems and Visibility Systems Business Groups, along with its Aftermarket/Original Equipment (OE) service organization. The exhibition area has more than 20 displays featuring the latest in smart and intuitive driving; weight and energy efficiency; and CO2 emissions reduction innovations for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers.
Valeo officially opens its Front End Module (FEM) assembly facility located in Smyrna, Tenn. on Friday, March 23, 2012. This is Valeo’s first facility in Tennessee and its second sequencing operation in the United States. The Smyrna location is 35,000 square feet and represents a $5.4 million investment in the expansion of the company’s North American manufacturing footprint.
Valeo wins a 2012 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award for its VisioBlade® wiper system featured on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL.
Valeo and V. Johnson Enterprises form a joint venture called Detroit Thermal Systems (DTS) to acquire the climate control business of Ford Motor Company’s (Ford) Automotive Components Holdings (ACH) operation. Ford and ACH signed definitive agreements with DTS for the sale of the business on Oct. 25, 2012. This acquisition gives Valeo a leadership position in the North American market. Ultimately, DTS is expected to employ approximately 500 people.
Valeo celebrated its 90th anniversary as a global automotive supplier.
Valeo won a 2013 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award for its Water Charged Air Cooled Air Intake Module featured on Volkswagen’s 4-cylinder 1.6 and 2.0 TDi engines.
Volkswagen and Valeo earned a 2013 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Innovation Partnership Award for its collaboration on developing a new Water Charged Air Cooled (WCAC) Air Intake Module (AIM) for Volkswagen’s 4-cylinder 1.6 and 2.0 TDi modular engines.
Valeo participates for the first time to the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Valeo takes over Osram’s shares in Valeo Sylvania. This operation represents a major step in Valeo’s strategy to increase its position as a global leader in automotive lighting.
Valeo won a 2014 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Award for its back-over protection camera.
Valeo exhibited at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit.
Valeo participates for the second time to the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Valeo participates for the first time to the North American International Auto Show with a hospitality suite.