HELLA ex­pands foot­print in In­dia

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HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co., one of the world’s lead­ing au­to­mo­tive sup­pli­ers for light­ing and elec­tron­ics, is build­ing its sec­ond elec­tron­ics plant near Mehsana in Gu­jarat. Re­cently it has in­au­gu­rated an ad­di­tional de­vel­op­ment cen­tre for au­to­mo­tive light­ing tech­nol­ogy in Coim­bat­ore.

“The in­vest­ments serve to in­crease HELLA’s pres­ence in one of the fastest grow­ing au­to­mo­tive mar­kets in the world. This will en­able us to meet the grow­ing de­mand for light­ing and elec­tron­ics prod­ucts bet­ter while pro­vid­ing cus­tom-made so­lu­tions for the In­dian mar­ket,” HELLA CEO Rolf Brei­den­bach, said.

Naveen Gau­tam, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of HELLA In­dia said, “The ex­pan­sion is a clear com­mit­ment of HELLA to the In­dian mar­ket and to the In­dian op­por­tu­ni­ties. With the new au­to­mo­tive trends, es­pe­cially for e-mo­bil­ity, we ex­pect in­creas­ing de­mand for our prod­ucts and so­lu­tions.”

The open­ing of the ad­di­tional elec­tron­ics plant in Mehsana is an­tic­i­pated for early 2019. Dur­ing the first ex­pan­sion phase, the lo­ca­tion will com­prise a pro­duc­tion sur­face of roughly 4,000 square meters and em­ploy about 100 per­sons. In­vest­ments for this first phase will be about 5 mil­lion eu­ros. Ini­tially, the plant will mostly pro­duce ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal sen­sors for the do­mes­tic mar­ket. For the sec­ond phase, other prod­ucts are planned.

The Coim­bat­ore cen­tre is to com­ple­ment HELLA’s light­ing de­vel­op­ment site in Chen­nai. It fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing head­lamps, rear com­bi­na­tion lamps, light­ing mod­ules and light­ing elec­tron­ics. The de­vel­op­ment team in Coim­bat­ore is to be in­creased to more than 200 em­ploy­ees over the com­ing years.

HELLA has been present in In­dia since the 1980s. Cur­rently, the com­pany em­ploys more than 1,700 per­sons at 6 lo­ca­tions. With over 38,000 em­ploy­ees at over 125 lo­ca­tions in 35 coun­tries, the HELLA Group de­vel­ops and man­u­fac­tures prod­ucts for light­ing tech­nol­ogy and elec­tron­ics for the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and has one of the largest re­tail or­gan­i­sa­tions for au­to­mo­tive parts, ac­ces­sories, di­ag­nos­tics, and ser­vices within Europe.

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