Visteon

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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$7.44 billion (2013)
Total assets US$6.03 billion (2013)
Employees 24,000
Website visteon.com
Visteon offices, facing Grace Lake, Van Buren Township

Visteon Corporation (VC) is an American global automotive parts supply company spun off from the Ford Motor Company in 2000. Visteon produces value through a variety of businesses and they are responsible for the design, engineering, and manufacturing of systems sold to clients such as BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, and others.[1]

Introduction[edit]

Visteon is to the Ford Motor Company as Delphi is to General Motors and Denso is to Toyota. In 2013, Visteon had 7.439 billon dollars in sales with six billion in total assets and 24,000 employees operating worldwide.[2] 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. Visteon's market share, market and revenue has changed substantially since it formed. A majority of revenue (80+%) came from North America, driven by its relationship with Ford Motor Company. Today, its revenue comes predominately from Asia, North America, and Europe. In 2005, Visteon moved to new headquarters in Van Buren Township, Michigan.

Business[edit]

Visteon is separated into three main divisions, namely: climate, electronics, and interior systems. In 2011, the climate division returned $4.1 billion dollars of sales and represented nearly 60% of sales for the year not including the Yanfeng Visteon sales which are considered unconsolidated sales.[3] With customers including virtually all auto manufactures, they sell to a diverse customer base and serve a wide variety of demands.

The divisions that currently are apart of Visteon are a result of the sale of their less profitible businesses and a process they refer to as "Asset Optimization" in which they consolidated facilites and focused on the most profitible of their ventures.[4] The climate division, in 2012 was second in the global market with 13% market share. They provide four key products led by their compressor, powertrain cooling, HVAC, and Fluid Transport systems.[5] The Interiors product line was also second in the global market in 2012 with 12% global market share. They produce mainly instrument panels, cockpit assembly, and door panels.[6]

Operations[edit]

The company has three corporate offices reflecting the companies key markets.

  • North American Corporate Office and Innovation Center, Van Buren Township, Michigan, United States.
  • Asia Pacific Corporate Office and Innovation Center, Shanghai, China
  • European Corporate Office, Chelmsford, United Kingdom.[7]

Products[edit]

Climate Portfolio[edit]

Air Handling System

  • Multiple architectures and mountings, including ultra-flat, straight air flow path and compact
  • Intelligent cabin air quality system
  • Modular, multi-zone temperature control
  • Fully electronic, manual electronic and manual cable control
  • Evaporator, heater core

Compressor

  • Electric scroll
  • Variable swashplate
  • Rotary suction valve fixed swashplate

Powertrain Cooling

  • Battery thermal management (battery contact heat exchanger, chiller, lines and system controls)
  • Condenser
  • Radiator
  • Charge air cooler (air or water cooled)
  • Oil cooler, combo cooler
  • Exhaust gas recirculation cooler
  • Cooling module, fan and shroud
  • Front end module

Fluid Transport

  • A/C, heater and transmission oil cooler lines
  • Internal heat exchanger
  • Metal seal fitting
  • Accumulator

Engine Induction System

Electronics Portfolio[edit]

Audio and Infotainment

  • Audio head units
  • Infotainment
  • Audio components

Vehicle Electronics

  • Body, security and feature controls
  • Powertrain control

Information and Controls

  • Instrument clusters
  • Displays
  • Climate control heads
  • Decorative control panels

Interiors Portfolio[edit]

  • Instrument Panels
  • Consoles
  • Door Panels

Restructuring[edit]

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.[8]

On March 31, 2009, Visteon's UK subsidiary was deemed insolvent, and placed into administration.[9] 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.[10] It remains a possibility that the plants are taken over and run by the workers as was seen in Argentina in recent years.

Bankruptcy and Emergence[edit]

The Subprime mortgage crisis greatly impacted the auto industry and left Visteon with little demand. 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.[11] 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.[12] The case was heard in Delaware on May 29, 2009 by Judge Christopher Sontchi [13] where Visteon was granted Chapter 11 protection.

Visteon completed its reorganization and emerged from Chapter 11 on October 1, 2010.[14]

Acquisitions[edit]

Visteon acquired Johnson Controls Automotive Electronics for $265 Million. [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visteon Corp (VC.N)". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Google Finance : Visteon Corp". Google. Google. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Leuliette, Tim. "Visteon Actions to Deliver Value". 2012 Citi Global Industrials Conference. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Leuliette, Tim. "Visteon Actions to Deliver Value". 2012 Citi Global Industrials Conference. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Leuliette, Tim. "Visteon Actions to Deliver Value". 2012 Citi Global Industrials Conference. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Leuliette, Tim. "Visteon Actions to Deliver Value". 2012 Citi Global Industrials Conference. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Profile". Visteon Website. Visteon. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.crainsdetroit.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080128/SUB/801280305/1033/-/-/achs-bid-to-sell-former-ford-plants-on-track-first-sale-made
  9. ^ http://www.accountancyage.com/accountancyage/news/2239525/kpmg-appointed-administrators
  10. ^ "Car plant workers occupy factory". BBC News. April 1, 2009. 
  11. ^ http://www.freep.com/article/20090306/BUSINESS01/903060412
  12. ^ The Guardian (London). May 7, 2008 http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/feedarticle/8529115 |url= missing title (help). 
  13. ^ "Business". The Guardian (London). May 7, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Visteon Completes Reorganization". Visteon. October 1, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Johnson Controls Sells Automotive Electronics Business to Visteon Corporation". The Wall Street Journal. January 13, 2014. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 

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