|Industry||Automotive and aerospace|
|Predecessor||Lucas Industries, Varity |
|Victor A. Rice|
|Products||Braking, diesel systems, diesel engines electrical, aftermarket and aerospace systems|
Number of employees
At the time of the merger, LucasVarity announced plans for a £65 million pound savings programme. The areas streamlined included the treasury, communications and marketing departments, as well as divisional managers. "The merger created a unique opportunity to reassess the skills and competencies we require in the senior management team", said LucasVarity Chief Executive Victor A. Rice.
Attempted relocation to the United States
In 1998 the management attempted to shift the company's head office and primary listing to the United States. The company suffered an embarrassing defeat in a shareholder vote, amid claims that its directors were looking to cash in on the much higher pay packets available in the United States. Victor Rice suffered a barrage of criticism from shareholders and the British media.
Sale to TRW
Following this defeat, an offer was made by TRW, an American company specializing in satellites, defence and automotive parts, to purchase the company in an all-cash offer, which was accepted in March 1999.
TRW quickly sold Lucas Diesel Systems to Delphi, which was then a USA based automotive parts and systems manufacturer with a large presence in Europe, during January 2000. The diesel fuel injection equipment research, engineering and manufacturing business of Lucas, known in later years as Lucas Diesel Systems Ltd (and previously CAV Ltd) continues at all of its original worldwide sites (with the exception of those in Japan and South Carolina, USA which had closed by this time). The business name has been changed to Delphi and the business is a major part of its Powertrain Division.
In September 2004 Elta Lighting Ltd., a UK-based automotive electrical components supplier, acquired a license from TRW Automotive to use the Lucas name and logo on products in the UK and Europe. This saw the familiar green and white 'Lucas' logo return to the UK after several years absence. Now trading under the name of 'Lucas Electrical' the company concentrates on after-market component supply rather than as an original equipment supplier to manufacturers. Initially the Lucas name was used on Elta's existing product of automotive light bulbs but has been gradually expanded to cover much the same range as the original Lucas company- light units, batteries, switches and controls, ignition components, remanufactured starter motors and alternators, wiper blades and electrical accessories. Operations and manufacturing take place at several locations in the UK as well as overseas.
At formation LucasVarity was managed in seven divisions. The current ownership of these divisions is detailed below.
|Division||Original Buyer||Year Sold||Current Owner|
|Lucas Aerospace||Goodrich Corporation||2002||Collins Aerospace (part of United Technologies Corporation) |
|Light Vehicle Braking System||TRW||2002||ZF Friedrichshafen|
|Heavy Vehicle Braking System||ArvinMeritor||1999||Meritor|
|Lucas Diesel Systems||Delphi||2000||Delphi Technologies|
|VarityPerkins (Diesel Engines)||Perkins Engines Company Limited (subsidiary of Caterpillar, Inc.)||1998||Perkins Engines Company Limited (subsidiary of Caterpillar, Inc.)|
|Electronic & Electrical Systems||Prestolite & TRW||1998 & 2002||Prestolite & ZF Friedrichshafen|
|Lucas Aftermarket Operations||Prestolite, ArvinMeritor, TRW, Delphi & Elta Lighting||1998, 1999, 2000 & 2006||Prestolite, Meritor, ZF Friedrichshafen, Delphi Technologies & Elta Lighting|