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Hella expands production capabilities

  • Posted on Tuesday 12th, June 2018.

Lighting specialist, Hella, has expanded its production capacities, opening a new electronics plant in Guanajuato, Mexico.

"In North, Central and South America, we are currently growing by more than 15 per cent, and therefore much more strongly than the market,” said Hella CEO, Dr Rolf Breidenbach. "The capital expenditure in our facilities is primarily to serve existing orders placed by regional customers, as well as to further develop our position in the North American market."

The new location will reportedly specialise in manufacturing body control units, control units for electronic power steering and key fobs, among other products. The plant currently has a total area of 11,000 square metres, and will employ up to 250 members of staff in the first development phase.

"With Hella, a very respected, technologically leading and internationally positioned automotive supplier has settled in Guanajuato", said Guillermo Romero Pacheco, Secretary for Sustainable Economic Development for the state of Guanajuato, at the opening ceremony for the new plant. "This once again underlines the attractiveness of this region as an industrial location."

Hella also expanded the production capacities of two existing lighting plants in Mexico at the end of last year. The location in Irapuato has been extended to include series production of innovative LED headlamp modules, while the El Salto lighting plant based in the state of Jalisco has been extended to further include the production of complex rear combination lamps. The area of the two plants has been increased by 16,000 square meters to a total of 79,000 square meters. As a part of this expansion, the total number of employees is now over 3,000, almost twice as many as before.

Hella currently employs over 7,000 members of staff at 15 locations in the North, Central and South American region. In the 2016/2017 fiscal year, the automotive supplier achieved sales of more than $1.5 billion in this market. In addition to the capacity increases in Mexico, HELLA is also currently expanding electronics production in Shanghai, and is building additional electronics plants in India and Lithuania.

In April, Hella launched a joint venture dealing in electronic components with Chinese enterprise, Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts (BHAP), which is part of the BAIC automotive group.

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