n 1923, Eugene Buisson, the French representative for Ferodo brake linings, opened workshops in Saint-Ouen to manufacture, under license, his own friction materials. This was the birth of Societe Anonyme Francaise de Ferodo (SAFF). In 1932, the company expanded its activities to include the production of clutches, and SAFF was listed on the Paris stock exchange. On the eve of World War II, the company held almost all the patents relating to clutches. During the war, at the Battle of Falaise in 1944, its Normandy factories were partially destroyed, and during the Liberation of Paris, the Saint-Ouen workshops (brake linings and clutches) were badly damaged. In the 1950s, the company modernized and expanded outside the Paris region, building new factories, notably in Normandy (friction materials) and Amiens (clutches).
In 1953, the company celebrated its 30th anniversary. Clutches, with their constantly evolving technologies, became its main business activity. In order to unite its brands and people, the company adopted the name Valeo ("I am well" in Latin), the name of its Italian subsidiary, at its Annual Shareholders' Meeting on May 28, 1980. During the 1990s, operational excellence became a top priority and Valeo introduced its "5 Axes" system to attain customer satisfaction through total quality. Research and Development operations expanded, and in 1992 an R&D center dedicated to electronics was opened in Creteil (Paris region), while another opened in Bobigny (Paris region) focusing on lighting. International development continued as Valeo moved into China in 1994, Poland and the Czech Republic in 1995 and India in 1997. In 1998, the Group acquired the electrical systems business of ITT Industries, as well as the automotive activities of Labinal. These acquisitions enabled Valeo to become a global player in electrical and electronic systems. Valeo now has over 70,000 employees in 29 countries including 125 production sites, 21 research centers and 40 development centers.
Heating & Air Conditioning
Your engine is cooled by a mix of ethylene glycol and water circulated through a radiator by the water pump. Proper maintenance of your MINI or BMW cooling system ensures not only a healthy and well-running engine, but also a comfortable cabin for you and your passenger. Similarly, the air-conditioning system uses specialized refrigerant that is pumped through your MINI or BMW's air conditioning system by a compressor mounted on the engine. The refrigerant is circulated through a heat exchanger inside the cabin that draws heat from the air that is blown into the cabin for a cool temperature on a hot day.
Bavarian Autosport has been helping BMW and MINI enthusiasts maintain, repair, and upgrade their vehicles for more than 43 years. Every item we sell comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a MINImum one-year warranty, and a two-year warranty on every part with the Bavarian Autosport brand. Because we use the same manufacturers as BMW, all of our parts meet or exceed the OEM equipment. We have a full team of advisers ready to answer your questions and help you find the right part for your MINI or BMW by phone or email. We even give you free shipping on most orders over $99 and because we're located in tax-free New Hampshire, there is no added sales tax for any purchase.