Our Story in Germany
Ferodo is founded in Paris as the first exclusive supplier to the automotive and commercial vehicle industry.
Ferodo produces complete clutch kits under the license of the German automotive supplier Fichtel & Sachs.
Ferodo holds 29% of the share in LUK, a German clutch manufacturer for drive trains based in Bühl (it later increases its stake to 50%). This is its first direct entry to the market with production in Germany.
Ferodo and Robert Bosch consolidate their electrical equipment under the umbrella of a holding company "Financière d'Equipments Automobile" (FEA). Ferodo is the majority shareholder.
At the Annual Shareholders' Meeting on May 28, 1980, the Ferodo shareholders decide to change the company's name to Valeo.
Acquisition of Neiman (safety systems), through which Valeo also gains the wiper activities of the subsidiary Paul Journée.
Expansion of the Safety Systems division through the acquisitions of Clausor, a licensed Neiman company in Spain, and the German company Tibbe KG, which is subsequently merged with the Neiman GmbH subsidiary.
Acquisition of the German company Borg Instruments, a specialist in in-vehicle electronics.
Valeo signs an agreement with Siemens AG on consolidating shared activities in HVAC. A new company named Valeo Climatisation is founded and goes on to take over the German company Thermal.
Acquisition of the Locking Systems division of the German company Ymos AG, which specializes in vehicle locking and anti-theft products.
Integration of the Electrical Systems segment of ITT Industries strengthens Valeo's leading position in wipers and parking assistance systems.
Valeo integrates the cable business with the acquisition of the automobile segment of Labinal.
Acquisition of Eltek Electric Vehicles headquartered in Frankfurt.
Acquisition of peiker from Friedrichsdorf, Hesse, a specialist in in-vehicle communication.
Valeo takes over Spheros, based in Gilching, Bavaria. Spheros is a leading provider of heating and HVAC systems for trucks and buses.
Valeo acquires gestigon, one of the world's leading specialists in software solutions for gesture recognition and control systems, based in Lübeck.
Merger between Mov'InBlue and Smexx, which was founded as a start-up. Smexx was based in Berlin and was acquired by Valeo in 2017.
Valeo takes over FTE automotive. The market leader in the field of clutch and brake hydraulics with headquarters in Ebern, Bavaria, and other production sites in Germany employs around 4.500 people worldwide.
Opening of the new Valeo site in Bremen-Hemelingen. The site produces front-end systems.
Inauguration of a new Valeo site in Wunstorf near Hanover. This site functions as a production facility for front-end modules.
Valeo integrates 100% of the share capital of Valeo Siemens eAutomotive into its Powertrain Systems Business Group. The leading company in the field of high-voltage electrification, with headquarters in Erlangen, Bavaria and another German site in Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Bavaria, employs around 4.000 people worldwide.
Opening of the new Valeo site in Garching near Munich.