Valeo is present in the Czech Republic since 1995 with the first production plant in Rakovnik, followed by two other production site openings in Zebrak (2001) and Humpolec (2002) manufacturing air conditioning systems, exhaust gas recirculation systems, interior control panels and front-end modules. The most recent factory in Podbořany (2006) manufactures hydraulic clutch and brake actuators. The research and development activity was established in 2002 in Prague, initially as an engineering office focused on mechanical design of air conditioning units and interior control panels. In 2013 the activity was extended by the development of sensors, software and systems for automated driving and automated parking, followed by the opening of a test track in Milovice enabling high and low-speed maneuvers.
Today, the Valeo Group is one of the biggest employers in the automotive sector in the country with almost 4,500 employees on those 5 locations. The company plans to ensure a significant growth of its business by hundreds of new job openings every year with all 5 sites having plans for expansion in terms of production and R&D capacities.