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Aptiv Plc (formerly Delphi Automotive Plc) history, profile and history video

 Aptiv Plc (formerly Delphi Automotive Plc) operates as a global vehicle components manufacturer and provides electrical and electronic, active safety and thermal technology solutions to the global automotive and commercial vehicle markets. The company operates in four segments: Electrical/Electronic Architecture, Powertrain Systems, Electronics & Safety and Thermal Systems. The Electrical/Electronic Architecture segment provides complete design of the vehicle’s electrical architecture, including connectors, wiring assemblies and harnesses, electrical centers and hybrid high voltage and safety distribution systems. Its products provide the critical electrical and electronics backbone that supports increased vehicle content and electrification, reduced emissions and higher fuel economy through weight savings. The Powertrain Systems segment provides systems integration of full end-to-end gasoline and diesel engine management systems including fuel handling, fuel injection, combustion, electronic controls, test and validation capabilities, diesel and automotive aftermarket, and original equipment services. The Electronics & Safety segment provides critical components, systems and advanced software for passenger safety, security, comfort and infotainment, as well as vehicle operation, including body controls, reception systems, infotainment and connectivity systems, hybrid vehicle power electronics, passive and active safety electronics, displays and mechatronics. The Thermal Systems segment provides powertrain cooling and heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, such as compressors, systems and controls, and heat exchangers for the vehicle markets. Delphi Automotive traces its roots back to its earliest predecessor founded in 1881, and is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

Aptiv History

  • 1881: Delphi Auto’s earliest predecessor is founded.
  • 1994: General Motors formed Automotive Components Group.
  • 1995: ACG was renamed Delphi Automotive Systems.
  • 1997: GM and Hughes Electronics Corporation spin-off of Hughes Defense electronics business and transfer Delco Electronics from Hughes to Delphi.
  • 1999: Delphi Automotive Systems became a fully independent publicly held corporation.
  • 2000: Delphi purchased UK-based Lucas Diesel Systems from TRW Inc who purchased its parent LucasVarity plc in 1999.
  • 2001: 11,500 jobs were cut worldwide (Bischoff 1A).
  • 2002: Delphi Automotive Systems was renamed Delphi Corporation reflecting its diversified business direction.
  • 2004: Delphi was subpoenaed by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in July for irregular accounting practices and financial transactions.
  • 2005: Delphi disclosed irregular accounting practices. A number of executives, including CFO Alan Dawes, resign. Delphi Chairman J.T. Battenberg retires. Delphi files forChapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize its struggling U.S. operations. As a result of this action, the Securities and Exchange Commission granted an application by theNew York Stock Exchange to delist Delphi’s common stock and bonds. The stock traded over the counter on the Pink Sheets electronic exchange.
  • 2005: Twenty-four plants closed down in the U.S.
  • 2006: Delphi announced it would sell off or close 21 of its 29 plants in the United States. The eight plants it intends to keep are located in Brookhaven, Mississippi; Clinton, Mississippi; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kokomo, Indiana; Lockport, New York; Rochester, New York; Warren, Ohio; and Vandalia, Ohio. Delphi proposes that these remaining plants will operate with wage reductions and workforce reductions.
  • February 2007: Delphi announced the closure of its plant in Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain, with a loss of 1600 direct jobs and more than 2500 indirect jobs. despite having agreed to continue its manufacturing operations until 2010 and receiving more than €25 million from various public administrations in order to guarantee its workers’ jobs. The Andalusian autonomous government announced it would begin legal action against the company for breach of local labor laws.
  • May 2008: Delphi filed a lawsuit against investors. The lawsuit seeks to impose payment by investors in the amount of $2.55 billion in securities to aid Delphi as it seeks to come out of bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in New York ruled to allow Delphi to seek payments through a contract against Appaloosa Management LP as well as denying investors’ request for a cap of $250 million for damages.
  • 6 October 2009: Delphi’s core assets were purchased by a group of private investors to create a new Delphi Corporation. Some of its non-core steering operations have been sold to General Motors Company, the successor to the bankrupt Motors Liquidation Company that used to be the old General Motors Corporation. The stock was canceled. The old Delphi Corporation was renamed DPH Holdings Corporation.”
  • Delphi sold its Thermal Business unit to Mahle-Behr GmbH in July 2015. Together, the Mahle-Behr and Delphi Thermal merger represented the second largest supplier of automotive thermal management systems including interior HVAC components, under-hood powertrain cooling, and compressors.
  • The company spun off its powertrain division and aftermarket-related businesses (now Delphi Technologies) in December 2017 and changed its name to Aptiv plc.
  • In August 2020, Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group expanded a joint autonomous driving venture and named it Motional.

*Information from Forbes.com, Wikipedia.org, and www.aptiv.com

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