Valeo SA history, profile and history video
Valeo SA is engaged in the design, production, and sale of components, integrated systems, and modules for the automobile industry. The company operates its business through the following segments: Powertrain Systems, Thermal Systems, Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems and Visibility Systems. The Powertrain Systems segment deals with electrical, transmission, engine management, air management, and hybrid/electric vehicle systems. The Thermal Systems segment manufactures systems, modules, and components for climate control and front-end modules. The Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems segment develops interior controls, driving assistance, interior electronics, and access mechanisms. The Visibility Systems segment manufactures lighting and wiper systems. The company was founded on February 10, 1923 and is headquartered in Paris, France.“
The Société Anonyme Française du Ferodo was founded in 1923 in Saint-Ouen, a suburb of Paris. It first distributed brake linings and clutch facings under license of Ferodo UK. The society engaged in a diversification in the 1960s by producing braking systems (1961), thermal systems (1962), and lighting systems (1970), and electrical systems (1978). In May 1980, the company was renamed Valeo, which means “I am well” in Latin.
Valeo then engaged in an aggressive strategy of expansion, through many international acquisitions. Today, Valeo is organised into four Business Groups. Recent acquisitions include the engine electronics division of Johnson Controls in France.
Valeo as a corporation, as well as its directors and its own corporate doctor, have been indicted after a decade-long penal procedure in 2006 for homicide, unintentional injury, and failure to assist a person in danger regarding a century-old scandal over asbestos where hundreds of employees have died.
The Valeo Group set up high health-security standards since then and has been thoroughly monitoring employees and retired personnel. This policy has been ratified in a national agreement with the French government in April 2009.”
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