1923 Creation of SWF in Stuttgart-Feuerbach ("Spezial Werkzeugfabrik Feuerbach"), manufacturing hand-tools, such as screw drivers and drills
1927 SWF starts supplying the automotive industry with (Driving direction indicators)
1936 Renamed to SWF Spezialfabrik für autozubehör Gustav Rau GmbH
1942 Activity moved from Stuttgart-Feuerbach to Bietigheim
1950 Restart of business with the German car-industry
1960’s Opening of various subsidiary plants (Wemding, Bäumenheim, Ehingen, Neuses).
1972 SWF acquired by ITT and integrated into the ITT-Automotive activity
1973 NIDEC created by Shigenobu Nagamori, focusing on precision motor research and manufacture
1980's SWF starts production in their new North American factory in Mississauga, Canada, supplying Chrysler with Front-wiper systems and a new factory in Madrid, Spain starting with Rear-wiper motors
1993 All European ITT automotive activities are merged into ITT-Automotive Europe GmbH
1994 ITT Corporation and General Motors/ACG form an 80/20 joint venture with the Delco Chassis Division Motors and Actuators Business Unit (MABU) forming Electrical Systems Inc. (ESI)
1997 ITT acquires the remaining 20% share of ESI joint venture from GM
Sept. 1998ITT-Automotive Electrical Systems Inc (part of ITT-Automotive) acquired by Valeo and renamed VESI. Valeo Wipers Systems Branch becomes the Valeo Wipers Systems and Electric Motors Branch.
1999 The Santa Perpetua factory in Spain is built. The engine cooling motors activity of the Valeo Martorellas plant is transferred to Santa Perpetua.
Jan 1, 2000 To strengthen the development of the electrical motors activity, Valeo Motors & Actuators (VMA) is created as an independent Branch.
2001 VMA buys shares that GCI owns in CISCO, implemented at San Luis de Potosi, Mexico and the activity is transferred to Juarez, Mexico.
2002-2003 The VMA Bietigheim site is modernized including the manufacturing plant & offices.
2003 The VMA activity is refocused into three main divisions:
Motors & Actuators Division, North America: Product Line: Occupant Comfort & Convenience
Airflow Europe: Product Line: Airflow motors for Engine cooling
Motors Europe: Product Line: Occupant Comfort and Convenience
2005 A new VMA site is opened in Zielonki, Poland. The following product lines are manufactured at this new site: Doorlock actuators, Seatbelt adjusters, Sunroof motors, Hatch and Tailgate motors
Dec. 2006Motors & Actuators activity of Valeo acquired by Nidec Corporation of Kyoto, Japan and renamed NIDEC MOTORS & ACTUATORS (NMA)
2007 NMA is globally reorganized around six major Product Lines: Braking, Automotive Closures, Airflow, Automotive Seat Adjusters, Custom Actuators & Industrial Drives
2009 New plant opened in Niepolomice, Poland to address increasing product volumes. NMA Chinese production transferred from Shanghai to NIDEC (DALIAN) LIMITED