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Valeo celebrates 30 years in the United States

Valeo came to the United States 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 North American headquarters is located in Troy, Mich.

Here are a few of the important milestones that mark our growth in the country.

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.
1983
  • Valeo Friction Materials sets up a sales office to serve American customers. First clutch order for Ford USA (delivered from France).
1984
  • Valeo Rotating Machines Branch sets up a sales office, the first sales of alternator and starters to AMC.
1987
  • Start of clutch production in the United States at the Hampton plant for the Ford Escort and then in 1988 of the first double damper flywheel for Ford Light Trucks.
1988
  • Creation of the Valeo Eaton joint venture for the production of clutches for heavy trucks.
  • Valeo Acustar Thermal Systems (VATS) set up for HVAC activities in the United States.
1989
  • 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.
1997
  • Valeo and Osram Sylvania form the joint venture company Valeo Sylvania to supply exterior lighting systems to the North American market.
1998
  • Valeo acquires the Electrical Systems business unit of ITT Industries in June 1998. This acquisition 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.
2002
  • Valeo and Raytheon Company finalize an agreement to create Valeo Raytheon Systems, Inc. The joint venture develops and markets new automotive systems based on advanced sensing technologies.
  • Valeo Engine Cooling’s, Greensburg, Ind., site wins the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
2005
  • Valeo wins a 2005 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award for its LaneVue™ lane departure warning system.
2006
  • Valeo wins a 2006 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award for its StARS micro-hybrid system.
2007
  • 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.
2008
  • Valeo sells its truck engine cooling division on May 31, 2008, to TitanX.
  • Valeo wins a 2008 Automotive News PACE Award for its Park4U® park assist system.
  • Valeo Raytheon Systems, Inc. is renamed Valeo Radar Systems and becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Valeo.
2009
  • Valeo organizes into four Business Groups, including Comfort & Driving Assistance, Powertrain, Thermal and Visibility.
2010
  • Valeo opens its first production facility in Michigan.  Located in Highland Park, the plant builds front-end modules for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
2011
  • 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.
2012
  • Valeo installs a technology showroom in its Troy facility.
  • Valeo opens its Front End Module assembly facility in Smyrna, on March 23, 2012.
  • Valeo wins a 2012 Automotive News PACE Award for its VisioBlade® wiper system featured on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL.

2012
  • Valeo and V. Johnson Enterprises form a joint venture on Oct. 25, 2012, called Detroit Thermal Systems (DTS) to acquire the climate control business of Ford Motor Company’s (Ford) Automotive Components Holdings operation. It gives Valeo a leadership position in the North American market.
2013
  • Valeo celebrates its 90th anniversary as a global automotive tech company.
2013
  • Valeo wins two 2013 Automotive News PACE Award: one for its Water Charged Air Cooled Air Intake Module featured on Volkswagen’s 4-cylinder 1.6 and 2.0 TDi engines and one earned with Volkswagen 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.
2014
  • Valeo participates for the first time in the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
  • Valeo takes over Osram’s shares in Valeo Sylvania.
  • Valeo wins a 2014 Automotive News PACE Award for its back-over protection camera.
2015
  • Valeo participates for the first time to the North American International Auto Show.
  • Acquisition of the German company peiker, a major supplier of on-board telematics and mobile connectivity solutions on December 21, 2015. It enables Valeo to widen its range of connectivity-related products.
2016
  • Valeo wins two 2016 Automotive News PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Awards including one for its innovative electric supercharger and one for its water-cooled condenser.
2017
  • In January 2017, Valeo expands its presence in the San Francisco Bay Area with a new engineering and innovation site in San Mateo
  • Valeo signs an agreement with Pyeong Hwa Group and creates Valeo-Kapec JV with operations in the U.S. (Troy), on February 6, 2017.
2018
  • Valeo certified for the first time Top Employer in North America by the Top Employer Institute
  • Valeo wins two 2018 Automotive news pace awards for its SCALA laser scanner and its new natural refrigerant air-conditioning system
2019
  • Valeo participates for the sixth time to CES in Las Vegas demonstrating award-winning technologies such as XtraView Trailer and VoyageXR
  • Valeo certified for the second time Top Employer in North America by the Top Employer Institute