Valeo Group | 25 Jun, 2024 | 5 min

Valeo Martos: paving the way for the best in lighting

Valeo Martos, located in Andalusia, is one of the Group’s largest lighting R&D centers and one of the Group's Top 3 lighting production sites in the world. More than 2,700 employees at the site develop and produce lighting high technological products improving safety, performance and style.


For 53 years, Valeo Martos has been anticipating technological developments to remain at the cutting edge of lighting technology, designing and producing for the most demanding Customers in Europe. The site, which employs 2,700 people including 500 engineers, produces headlamps, rear lamps, electronics and interior lighting products, and also develops projects that will be manufactured across Valeo’s Europe lighting plants.

The site counts with a wide range of disciplines to innovate and answer the future market expectations towards a safer, appealing, interactive and sustainable mobility such as Optics, Electronics, Mechanics, Simulations, Prototypes, Automation, Tooling, Maintenance, among others.

Eight million headlamps and rear lamps and 11 million electronic parts are produced every year on the site, which boasts over 70 production lines and almost 500 robots. A sign of the site’s dynamism, 25 development projects are currently underway, and a new building dedicated to R&D will be inaugurated after summer 2024.

The products that are developed and produced here are jewels of style, technology and performance,” explains Maria Angeles Barragán, the Optomechatronics manager who started her career here as an electronic engineer. “It’s a great source of pride to see them on the road. And we’re lucky to do things we’re passionate about. Here, I don’t get bored a single minute of my day. You can be sure there’s always something to do, something to pick up, something to solve.”

The Senior Site General Manager and National Director of Valeo in Spain, Manuel Sánchez-Gijón, emphasizes: “Our pillar is our people. Their know-how, commitment & passion are key for the site’s success. Valeo Martos has strongly contributed to the socio economic development of the province not only creating employment but also contributing to the implementation of an educational cluster in collaboration with Universities and Professional schools focused on defining new degrees and training modules adapted to automotive needs giving opportunities of integration to our young students. We have the talent, the technology, the facilities but, overall, the sense of belonging and passion to improve continuously. It’s so easy to be proud of such a site where we have everything needed to succeed and build a sustainable future.”

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