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Visteon Corp.
Type Public OTCBB: VSTN
Founded 2000 in Michigan, USA
Headquarters United States Van Buren Township, Michigan, USA
Area served Worldwide
Key people Donald J. Stebbins,
Chairman & CEO
Industry Automotive industry
Products vehicle electronics, systems, modules, & components
Revenue US$9.5 billion (2008)
Total assets US$4.58 billion (2009)
Employees 31,000
Subsidiaries Visteon Global Technologies
Visteon Climate Control Systems
Visteon Electronics Corporation
Visteon Engineering Services
Infinitive Speech Systems
Halla Climate Systems Alabama
Website Visteon.com

Visteon (OTCBB: VSTN) is one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive parts. The company formed in 1997 and spun off from the Ford Motor Company in 2000. In 2005, Visteon moved to new headquarters in Van Buren Township, Michigan. Visteon is to the Ford Motor Company as Delphi is to General Motors and Denso is to Toyota.

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Business

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 is mainly from Europe and Asia with North America market share becoming a lesser part of its portfolio in terms of revenue and non-Ford business growing.

The organisation is divided into three core business groups:

  • Interiors
  • Climate
  • Electronics

Electronics being the largest of the groups as it includes Driver Information, Audio & Powertrain segments. Visteon provides a full supply chain, that is to say it designs, develops and manufactures automotive parts from the needs of its customers.

Operations

The company operates in 27 countries and 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.

History

  • In 2004, it had 70,000 employees worldwide and $18.7 billion USD in sales with 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 Asian manufacturers Nissan and Hyundai and others as well as with General Motors, Chrysler.
  • 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.
  • On March 6, 2009, Visteon was delisted from the New York Stock Exchange for trading below the exchanges required level for an expended period. This action came after Visteon shares dropped from a historic low of 7 cents, to 2 cents.[1]
  • On March 31, 2009, one of Visteon's subsidiaries 'Visteon UK' was deemed insolvent, and placed into administration.[2] under the UK Insolvency Act 1986. Visteon Engineering Services (the UK based engineering development centre & European Centre) was unaffected by the insolvency of Visteon UK.
  • 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. [3].

Restructuring

Visteon began a three year restructuring program from 2005-2009. During this period the number of employees and facilities dramatically reduced in an effort to fit the global operating conditions.

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ACH

ACH was formed following a memorandum of understanding with Ford Motor Company that "intended to assure the long-term viability of Visteon", it 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 $11 billion USD in annual sales.

Three of the plants were located 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 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.[4]

Visteon UK

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 565 workers were made redundant. The significant issues surrounding the Visteon UK pension fund and complex transfers between Ford to Visteon and Visteon returning to Ford and to the lately formed Visteon Engineering Services are under review by the UK Pensions Regulator and associated bodies. This remains unresolved and a potential liability to Ford and Visteon Corp and other profitable EU Visteon operations.

As a result, workers occupied the plants in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Enfield, London and picketed the plant in Basildon, Essex, to gain better redundancy packages.[5]. After several weeks of protest Ford and Visteon jointly agreed to improve the severance packages.[6]

The saga continues with a continuing battle to restore the Visteon (ex Ford) pensions, the charge is being led by the UNITE Union in taking the issues back to Ford; ref http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/essex/8247279.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4580191.stm

The ongoing protest in support of the Unite Unions actions in taking the pensions crisis caused by the collapse of Visteon UK can be followed at: http://www.visteonpensionactiongroup.co.uk/index.htm

VTSC India

Visteon Technical Service and Center is located in Chennai.

Chapter 11

In its filing, Visteon listed total assets of $4.58bn (£2.88bn) and total liabilities of $5.32bn.[7]. Ford Motor Company agreed to support its key supplier through the chapter 11 process by providing Visteon with Debtor-in-possession financing.

The case was heard in Delaware on May 29, 2009 by Judge Christopher Sontchi [8] where Visteon was granted Chapter 11 protection.

References

External links

http://www.visteonpensionactiongroup.co.uk/index.htm


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