Valeo Lighting Systems has global sales of $964 million. Production sites and technology centers are in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and China. Valeo produces more than 30 million headlamps and 30 million signal lamps a year. The purchase of the Electrical Systems units of ITT Automotive this year included ITT's SWF rear light business.
Hella Group reported sales of DM3.6 billion ($2 billion) in the 12 months ending 31 May. Automotive lighting accounted for two-thirds of the sales. The main lighting plants are in Germany, UK, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Mexico and USA. Hella recently sold its shares in North American Lighting to Koito, one of two Japanese joint-venture partners. Hella will expand its own development and production facilities in the USA.
Bosch Lighting Technology has plants in Reutlingen and Brotterode, Germany; Hambach, France; Jihlava, Czech Republic; and in Russia, Mexico and Malaysia. It expects sales of DM800 million in 1998.
Bosch is transferring most of its lighting manufacturing operations in Germany to the Czech Republic. The company announced in mid-1998 that it is studying cooperation in the lighting sector with Magneti Marelli.
Magneti Marelli's lighting division has plants in Venaria and Asti in Italy; Cannock, UK; Sosnoviec, Poland; and in Mexico, Brazil, and India. It expects sales of L620 billion ($350 million) in 1998.
Seima is No. 2 in passive lighting in Europe, specializing in rear lights, emergency lights and indicators. Seima is the lead auto lighting company in France's Amiclas Group. Amiclas has two lighting plants in Italy (Tolmezzo, Grugliasco) under the Seima brand; three plants in France (Le Mesnil Saint Denis, Saint Julien du Sault, Angouleme) under the Axo Scintex brand; and two plants in Spain (Barcelona, Llinars del Valles) under Yorka.
Visteon has a lighting plant at its Autopal subsidiary in the Czech Republic. The operation includes a technical center. Lighting is part of the Visteon Exterior Systems Division. Other major lighting operations are based in the USA and Mexico. The Czech operation supplies Ford plants in Europe and recently won a large contract with Skoda.
Other market participants in Europe include Austria-based Zizala GmbH, with sales of about DM100 million ($56 million). Zizala supplies headlamps to several German carmakers.
German manufacturer Reitter and Schefenacker is a major supplier to Daimler-Benz for passive lighting. Its most recent products include the rear-light cluster and courtesy lights on the new S-class.