Delphi Automotive

Delphi Automotive
Delphi Automotive LLP
Type Limited liability partnership
Industry Automotive
Founded 1997
Headquarters Troy, Michigan, U.S.
Key people John A. Krol
Rodney O'Neal
(President and CEO)
Products Vehicle electronics, systems, modules, & components
Revenue increase US$ 13.817 billion (2010)[1]
Operating income increase US$ 940 million (2010)[1]
Net income increase US$ 631 million (2010)[1]
Total assets increase US$ 11.082 billion (2010)[1]
Total equity increase US$ 6.099 billion (2010)[1]
Employees 146,600 (December 2010)

Delphi Automotive LLP is an automotive parts company headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA. Delphi is one of the world's largest automotive parts manufacturers and has approximately 146,600 employees (18,900 in the United States).[2]

With offices worldwide, the company operates 150 wholly owned manufacturing sites, 44 joint ventures, 53 customer centers and sales offices, and 33 technical centers in 38 countries.



  • 1994: General Motors forms Automotive Components Group.
  • 1995: ACG is renamed Delphi Automotive Systems.
  • 1997: GM and Hughes Electronics Corporation spin-off of Hughes Defense electronics business and transfer Delco Electronics from Hughes to Delphi.
  • 1999: Delphi Automotive Systems becomes fully independent publicly held corporation.
  • 2000: Delphi purchased UK based Lucas Diesel Systems from TRW Inc who purchased its parent LucasVarity plc in 1999.
  • 2001: 11,500 jobs were cut worldwide (Bischoff 1A).
  • 2002: Delphi Automotive Systems is renamed Delphi Corporation reflecting its diversified business direction.
  • 2004: Delphi is subpoenaed by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) in July for irregular accounting practices and financial transactions.
  • 2005: Delphi discloses irregular accounting practices. A number of executives, including CFO Alan Dawes, resign. Delphi Chairman J.T. Battenberg ||| retires. Delphi files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to reorganize its struggling U.S. operations. As a result of this action, the Securities and Exchange Commission granted an application by the New York Stock Exchange to delist Delphi's common stock and bonds.[3] The stock traded over the counter on the Pink Sheets electronic exchange.
  • 2005: Twenty-four plants closed down in the U.S.
  • 2006: Delphi announced it would sell off or close 21 of its 29 plants in the United States. The eight plants it intends to keep are located in Brookhaven, Mississippi; Clinton, Mississippi; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Kokomo, Indiana; Lockport, New York; Rochester, New York; Warren, Ohio; and Vandalia, Ohio. Delphi proposes that these remaining plants will operate with wage reductions and workforce reductions.
  • October 6, 2009: Delphi's core assets were purchased by a group of private investors to create a new Delphi Corporation. Some of its non-core steering operations have been sold to General Motors Company, the successor to the bankrupt Motors Liquidation Company that used to be the old General Motors Corporation. The stock was cancelled. The old Delphi Corporation was renamed DPH Holdings Corporation.[4]
  • May 2011: The company filed with the SEC to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering..[5]
  • November 2011: Delphi set terms for its IPO, expecting to raise $554 million by offering 24.1 million shares at a price range of $22 to $24.[6]

Corporate structure and leadership

Delphi is structured into the following groups:

  • Consumer Products
  • Manufacturer Products
  • Aftermarket & Dealer Products

The company is focusing the organization on the following core strategic product lines:

  • Controls & Security (Body Security, Mechatronics, and Displays)
  • Electrical/Electronic Architecture (Electrical/Electronic Distribution Systems, Connection Systems, and Electrical Centers)
  • Entertainment & Communications (Audio, Navigation, and Telematics)
  • Powertrain (Diesel and Gasoline Engine Management Systems)
  • Safety (Occupant Protection and Safety Electronics)
  • Thermal (Climate Control & Powertrain Cooling)

For the list of Delphi Senior Managers see Delphi Senior Leadership.

Chapter 11 reorganization

During the Chapter 11 cases, Delphi has made substantial progress in identifying and implementing the sale (or receiving Bankruptcy Court approval to sell) or wind down of those facilities and business lines that do not support the company’s future strategic framework, including:

  • The sale of the brake hose manufacturing business in Dayton, Ohio to Harco Manufacturing Group, announced in January 2007.[7]
  • The settlement of a social plan in the "Concurso," or Spanish insolvency proceeding, of Delphi Automotive Systems Espana S.L.
  • The sale of the Mexican brake components business, including a manufacturing plant in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, to Robert Bosch LLC and its affiliate Frenados Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V., announced in June 2007.[8]
  • The sale of substantially all of the assets of MobileAria, Inc. to Wireless Matrix USA, Inc.;
  • The sale of the U.S. Battery operations in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Johnson Controls, Inc. in 2006.[9]
  • The wind-down of a Delphi Medical Texas facility in Houston, Texas
  • The consolidation of fuel injector production in Rochester, New York during 2006-2007, which allowed the Debtors to wind down a manufacturing facility in Coopersville, Michigan
  • The sale of the catalyst business to Umicore Group, completed in October, 2007.[10]
  • The sale of the Wheel bearings business based in Sandusky, Ohio to Kyklos, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hephaestus Holdings, Inc., in February 2008.[11]
  • The sale of the Global Steering and Halfshaft Business to Steering Solutions Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Platinum Equity, LLC, announced in December 2007. The Steering business was based in Saginaw, Michigan, and was formerly known as the Saginaw Steering Division of General Motors.[12]
  • The sale of the Interiors and Closures business was announced in October, 2007, to The Renco Group. This includes facilities in: Gadsden, Alabama, Cottondale, Alabama, North Kansas City, Missouri, Orion, Michigan, Adrian, Michigan, Woerth, France, Matamoros, Mexico, the SDADS Joint Venture in Shanghai, China and the KDS Joint Venture in Daegu, South Korea.[13]
  • The sale of certain North American Brake Component Machining and Assembly Assets to TRW Automotive Holdings, which includes sites in Saginaw, Michigan, Springhill, Tennessee, and Oshawa, Canada, announced in September 2007.[14]
  • The company will continue with its stated plans to sell or wind-down additional non-core product lines and manufacturing sites through 2008.
  • The sale of various components and steering operations to the new General Motors Company was announced on August 3, 2009. Delphi Thermal Systems, Powertrain, Powertrain Systems Grand Rapids, and Electronics and Safety became part of GM Components Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of GM. Delphi Steering, two regional engineering centers, and 15 manufacturing locations in Mexico, Brazil, Europe, India, China, and Australia became part of GM Global Steering Holdings LLC, also a subsidiary of GM [15].
  • Sale of global suspension and brakes business ("Global Ride Dynamics") to BeijingWest announced March 31, 2009.[16] BWI Group commenced November 1, 2009.

On November 4, 2009 Delphi named a new board.[17] John A. Krol is the chairman of the new board.

Rodney O'Neal is the President and chief executive officer of the company[18] (since January 1, 2007), replacing Robert S. "Steve" Miller.

The investment bank, Rothschild, Inc., is currently advising Delphi in its Chapter 11 restructuring

Environmental record

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst identified Delphi corp. as the 21st-largest corporate producer of air pollution in the United States in 2002.[19] According to the study, the manufacturer's most toxic emissions include asbestos (542 lb/yr), chromium compounds (1,082 lb/yr), lead compounds (8,466 lb/yr), and sulfuric acid (17,600 lbs/year), while the most massive emissions are glycol ethers (111,520 lbs/year) and hydrochloric acid (80,000 lb/yr).[20]

Corporate issues

In February 2007 the multinational Delphi Automotive Systems Holding Inc. announced the closure of its plant in Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain, with a loss of 1600 direct jobs and more than 2500 indirect jobs.[21] despite having agreed to continue its manufacturing operations until 2010 and receiving more than EUR 25 million from various public administrations in order to guarantee its workers' jobs.[22]

The Andalusian autonomous government announced it would begin legal action against the company for breach of local labor laws.[23]

On October 8, 2005 Delphi filed for bankruptcy. Slowly, cutting jobs and shutting down many plants around the Dayton area and nationally (Roberson). The increased competition between the U.S. and other countries in the automobile industry has been a factor in Delphi’s bankruptcy (Wehrman D1). Due to the economic slump, all but five of the plants in the Dayton area have closed.

In May 2008, Delphi filed a lawsuit against investors. The lawsuit seeks to impose payment by investors in the amount of $2.55 billion in securities to aid Delphi as it seeks to come out of bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in New York ruled to allow Delphi to seek payments through a contract against Appaloosa Management LP as well as denying investors' request for a cap of $250 million for damages.[24][clarification needed]

Consumer electronics

Delphi is a major player in the XM Satellite Radio and GPS market.

Manufacturer products

Delphi designs, engineers and manufactures a wide variety of components, integrated systems and modules on a worldwide basis, and is the largest and most diversified supplier of automotive parts. In January 2000 Delphi acquired the diesel systems business of Lucas TRW, making Delphi the world's second largest manufacturer of Diesel Fuel Injection equipment. Delphi Diesel owns the brands of CAV/Simms/RotoDiesel and Condiesel, the division also runs 10 subsidiary distribution companies in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Turkey, UK and USA.

Joint ventures

  • EnerDel - started as a joint venture of Ener1 and Delphi. In August 2008, Ener1 bought exclusive ownership of EnerDel.[25]
  • Condumex - (A Grupo Carso division).


  1. ^ a b c d e "2010 Year-End Financial Statements". Delphi Automotive LLP. 
  2. ^ Delphi - Investor Relations - 2008 Form 10-K
  3. ^ SEC delisting order
  4. ^ "DPH Holdings Corporation". Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC. Retrieved March 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Delphi Automotive files for a $100 million IPO". [Renaissance Capital].$100-million-IPO-9682.html. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Delphi Automotive sets terms for $554 million IPO". Renaissance Capital. 07 November 2011.$554-million-IPO-10521.html. 
  7. ^ Delphi Signs Sale Agreement for Brake Hose Business; Files Motion to Request Hearing With the Bankruptcy Court. Delphi - Investor Relations - Press Releases. 29 January 2007.
  8. ^ Delphi Signs Agreement to Sell Mexican Brake Plant, Files Motion to Request Hearing With the Bankruptcy Court. Delphi - Investor Relations - Press Releases. 15 June 2007.
  9. ^ Delphi Completes Sale of U.S. Battery Plant to JCI. 02 August 2006.
  10. ^ Delphi Completes Sale of Catalyst Business to Umicore. 1 October 2007. Delphi - Investor Relations - Press Releases
  11. ^ Hephaestus Holdings, Inc. to acquire North American wheel bearings business from Delphi Corporation. KPS Capital Partners, LP - Press Release
  12. ^ Delphi Signs Master Sale Agreement for Its Global Steering and Halfshaft Business -- Files Motion to Request Hearing With U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Steering Solutions Corporation, a Wholly Owned Entity of Platinum Equity, LLC, Is Named Lead Bidder in the Sale of Delphi Corporation's Global Steering Division. Delphi - Investor Relations - Press Releases. 10 December 2007.
  13. ^ Delphi Signs Master Sale Agreement for Interiors and Closures Business -- Files Motion to Request Hearing With the Bankruptcy Court. Delphi - Investor Relations - Press Releases. 16 October 2007.
  14. ^ Delphi Signs Asset Sale Agreement With TRW for Certain North American Brake Component Machining and Assembly Assets -- Files Motion to Request Hearing With the Bankruptcy Court. 18 September 2007. Delphi - Investor Relations - Press Releases.
  15. ^
  16. ^ Delphi Signs Agreement to Sell Global Suspension and Brakes Business; Company To File Motion Requesting Court Hearings To Approve Bidding Procedures and Authorize Sale of Assets. 31 March 2009. Delphi Press Release.
  17. ^ "Delphi Names New Board". Delphi. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  18. ^ "Delphi Senior Leadership". Delphi. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  19. ^ Political Economy Research Institute
  20. ^ Toxic 100 detailed company report (Toxics Release Inventory)
  21. ^ "Delphi to close Spain factory, cut jobs", BusinessWeek, February 23, 2007
  22. ^ "Closure of the Delphi undertaking in Puerto Real, Cádiz", Parliamentary question submitted by Willy Meyer Pleite MEP to the European Commission
  23. ^ "Zarrías dice que no permitirá que Delphi 'se ría de Andalucía'",, February 23, 2007
  24. ^ "Judge allows Delphi to pursue claims against investors". Chicago Tribune. 2008-07-29.,0,7303546.story. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  25. ^

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