Visteon sells automotive lighting business

March 12, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Visteon sells automotive lighting business
Automotive tier one Visteon Corp. announced that it has agreed to sell its automotive lighting business to Varroc Group, a global provider of automotive parts, for $92 million in cash. The move allows Visteon to focus on its core business, the company said. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory reviews and other conditions, is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012.

The business to be sold encompasses a wide range of exterior lighting products supplied to global vehicle manufacturers, including front and rear lighting systems, auxiliary lamps and key subcomponents such as projectors and electronic modules. With 2011 revenue of $531 million, the business to be sold has operations in Europe, North America and Asia.

“This transaction allows Visteon to focus on our core climate and electronics businesses and our joint venture relationships, which are positioned for profitable growth and market leadership,” said Donald J. Stebbins, Visteon chairman, chief executive officer and president. “We are pleased to be selling our lighting business, with its many competitive strengths, to a successful and growing company with 26 manufacturing plants and three engineering centers, where we think it will be an excellent strategic fit.

Visteon operations that would transfer to Varroc include manufacturing and engineering facilities in Nový Jičín and Rychvald, Czech Republic; Monterrey, Mexico; and Pune, India. The companies intend for the sale to include Visteon's equity interest in a China-based lighting joint venture, Visteon TYC Corporation. Certain other lighting employees and assets would transfer as well. In total, about 4,200 manufacturing, engineering and administrative employees are part of the lighting business that is involved in the transaction.

Tarang Jain, managing director, Varroc Group, said, “Visteon's lighting business is a successful operation with strong products, technology and customer relationships. Upon completing this transaction, we look forward to working with the customers and talented associates of this business to focus on growing what will be a very important part of our global business in the future.”

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