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Valeo in Mexico

Valeo came to Mexico in 1989 through the acquisition of Blackstone, an American firm specializing in engine cooling with facilities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The company’s Mexican headquarters are located in San Luis Potosi.

Valeo came to Mexico in 1989 through the acquisition of Blackstone, an American firm specializing in engine cooling with facilities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The company’s Mexican headquarters are located in San Luis Potosi.

1980
  • Creation of Valeo Auto Industries Inc. incorporated in the State of Delaware to develop and sell heat exchangers and clutches to American automakers.
  • December: first heaters produced in the United States delivered to Ford.
1982
  • The Querétaro plant is set up in Mexico at: to supply HVACs to VW in Puebla.
1989
  • Valeo acquires Blackstone, an American firm specializing in engine cooling with facilities in the US, 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 inaugurates Queretaro production site.
1993
  • Valeo inaugurates Valeo Climate Control production site in Toluca.
1994
  • Valeo Climate Control and Valeo Electrical Systems begin operations in San Luis Potosi, in December 1994.
1995
  • Valeo inaugurates Valeo Wiper Systems production site in San Luis Potosí.
  • Valeo Sylvania (lighting systems) starts operations in Querétaro.
1998
  • Valeo acquires ITT Automotive: the plant in Ciudad Juárez becomes Valeo Wiper Systems and the plant in Río Bravo Valeo Switches and Detection Systems.
2001
  • Valeo launches the production of alternators and starters in Valeo Electrical Systems in San Luis Potosí.
2002
  • Valeo Wiper Systems plant in San Luis Potosi receives the 2002 Business Week/Architectural Record Award. It is one of eleven international winners of this award, which recognizes the achievement of business goals through architectural design.
2007
  • Valeo Transmissions site in Querétaro installs hybrid furnaces that use both electricity and natural gas in order to reduce its dependency on these energy sources and to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
2008
  • Valeo Engine Cooling site in San Luis Potosi receives Volkswagen Awards for Excellence in Development and Entrepreneurial Achievement.
2010
  • Valeo opens a 21,000-square-meter production plant in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, dedicated to new automatic transmissions.
  • General Motors awards its Best Supplier of the Year award to the Transmission Systems site in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
2012
  • Valeo Comfort and Drive Assistance site in Rio Bravo ships its 2 millionth radar sensor in April.
2013
  • Valeo’s Rio Bravo facility inaugurates new 10,400 m² (112,000 square feet) production and office space on July 23, 2013
2015
  • Valeo announces the acquisition of the German company peiker, a major supplier of on-board telematics and mobile connectivity solutions with operations in Mexico on December 21, 2015. The acquisition enables Valeo to widen its range of connectivity-related products.
2017
  • Valeo signs an agreement with its South Korean partner Pyeong Hwa Group and creates Valeo-Kapec JV with operations in Mexico (San Luis Potosi), on February 6, 2017.
2017
  • Mexico and Poland take top honors in the 2017 Valeo Innovation Challenge
  • Valeo announces the acquisition of FTE Automotive, a leading producer of actuators with operations in Mexico to expand Valeo’s offering of active hydraulic actuators.
2018
  • Valeo’s San Luis Potosi Valeo Wipers-Compressors-SSC facility inaugurates its Extension
  • Valeo Wipers wins GM 2017 Supplier Quality Excellence Award.