INNOVATING FOR SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY
Valeo’s Research and Development strategy, which forms a fundamental part of its sustainable development policy, aims to effectively meet market demands today while anticipating the car of tomorrow. By analyzing trends, it seeks to understand how to respond to users’ future needs, while staying one step ahead of the changes that will shape autonomous, connected and less carbon-intensive mobility.
VALEO / 2015 ACTIVITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REPORT
ESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT: A CENTRAL PART OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY As the driving force behind the Group’s growth, Valeo’s Research and Development policy, focused on CO2 emissions reduction and intuitive driving, contributes to the transition to low-carbon mobility. To foster the emergence of innovative solutions across its entire value chain, Valeo takes an all-encompassing, customer-centric approach to Research and Development that is simultaneously forward-looking, integrated, local and collaborative. The Group also permanently studies worldwide social trends, from urban mobility to evolving legislative requirements, to stay in tune with market expectations and anticipate structural changes in the sector, all while developing its ability to deliver effective responses. This approach determines Valeo’s priorities in terms of technological innovation, which range from reducing CO2 and pollutant emissions and conserving raw materials to developing intuitive driving and improving vehicle safety. The customers’ voice In tune with customer requirements in all its host regions, Valeo has structured its Research and Development operations based on an organization that combines projects and expertise and allows each entity to appropriate and contribute to the Group’s objectives. As part of this, 17 research centers are currently dedicated to basic research, advanced engineering and the formulation of new product standards. Thirty-five development centers adapt standards in line with customer requirements and coordinate the work of launch
and support teams together with customer front offices. And Valeo’s base in the San Francisco Bay Area, opened in 2014, carries out prospective monitoring of automakers, electronics and digital technology players, universities and local start-ups. MULTIFACETED STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS The connected, autonomous car of tomorrow will have little in common with previous generations. To design and produce this vehicle, the automotive industry today needs to incorporate an increasingly wide range of skill sets. For this reason, Valeo works with players of varying size and vocation, ranging from start-ups and universities to major groups such as Safran, which entered into a technological partnership with the Group in 2013. Valeo helps fund numerous doctoral theses and several university chairs, along with
The new generation Valeo i-StARS starter-alternator has a recycling rate of 98.2% and a recovery rate of 99.5%. The Valeo e-supercharger has a recycling rate of 94.8% and a recovery rate of 97.6% (based on internal assessments).
EXAMPLES OF RECYCLABILITY