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Visteon Corporation
Type Public
Traded as NYSEVC
Industry Automotive industry
Founded 2000 in Michigan, USA
Headquarters Van Buren Township, Michigan, USA
Area served Worldwide
Key people Timothy D. Leuliette,
President & CEO
Products vehicle electronics, systems, modules, & components
Revenue US$8.05 billion (2011)
Total assets US$4.58 billion (2009)
Employees 55,000
Visteon offices, facing Grace Lake, Van Buren Township

Visteon Corporation (VC) is an American global automotive parts company spun off from the Ford Motor Company in 2000.

Visteon is to the Ford Motor Company as Delphi is to General Motors and Denso is to Toyota. In 2004, it had 70,000 employees worldwide and $18.7 billion USD in sales, and it includes over 200 facilities around the world. Since its independence from Ford, Visteon has set a corporate goal of expanding business with other companies, and now has substantial relationships with General Motors, Chrysler, and several Asian manufacturers including Nissan and Hyundai. In 2005, Visteon moved to new headquarters in Van Buren Township, Michigan.

On September 13, 2005, Visteon and Ford reached an agreement whereby seventeen of the less-profitable Visteon plants and six offices would be transferred to an independent business entity called Automotive Components Holdings LLC. This action, intended to assure the long-term viability of Visteon, involved the transfer of 18,000 hourly workers and 5000 salaried workers to the new entity, reducing Visteon to approximately 52,000 employees worldwide and US$11 billion in annual sales. Three of the plants are in Mexico, the remaining plants and six offices are in the US. Automotive Components Holdings (ACH), managed by Ford, was referred to as a "temporary entity", as its purpose was to prepare the plants and facilities for sale. By the end of 2007, all ACH operations had been closed, scheduled for closure, merged at least partially, or sold (two back to Ford), with transactions to be completed by the end of 2008 except for one plant which is to remain an ACH facility until its closure in 2009.[1]

During early March 2009, Visteon was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange for trading at extremely low levels. This action came after Visteon shared dropped from 7 cents, to 2 cents.[2]

On March 31, 2009, Visteon's UK subsidiary was deemed insolvent, and placed into administration.[3] The UK subsidiary had never been profitable, and the insolvency was the result of the US parent company being unable to continue to support the British operation. The administrators, KPMG, immediately moved to close all three Visteon UK factories and made 565 workers redundant.

As a result, workers have occupied the plants in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Enfield, London and are picketing the plant in Basildon, Essex, to gain better redundancy packages.[4] It remains a possibility that the plants are taken over and run by the workers as was seen in Argentina in recent years.

On May 28, 2009, the company filed voluntary petitions to reorganize Visteon Corporation and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.[5]

The case was heard in Delaware on May 29, 2009 by Judge Christopher Sontchi [6] where Visteon was granted Chapter 11 protection.

Visteon completed its reorganization and emerged from Chapter 11 on October 1, 2010.[7]

Visteon acquired Johnson Controls automotive for $265 Million. [8]


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