Hella is expanding its operations in the NAFTA trade region with fuel-saving electronic components, increased production volumes in Mexico and a line of non-automotive products.
Dr. Martin Fischer, president of Hella Electronics Corporation and the head of the company’s Corporate Center USA in Plymouth Township, Mich., told editors covering the annual SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) World Congress in Detroit that Hella expects to increase its electronics business in North America at an annual rate of 20 per cent over the next three years.
Demand for more fuel-efficient cars and light trucks will spark additional sales for electronic components, Fischer predicted.
“Conventional engine and hybrid vehicles require various electrical and electronics components to meet new government mileage requirements,” he said. “We currently offer automakers a variety of fuel-saving technologies, including start-stop controls, battery sensors, accelerator pedal sensors, engine actuators for turbochargers and intake manifolds, demand-driven fuel pumps and electric vacuum pumps.”
On sound financial footing, the German automotive supplier of lighting and electronic equipment, secured long-term financing for its global operations in the midst of the world’s financial crisis and further solidified its position with a bond offering during the fourth quarter of 2009.
Hella recently began production of electronics components for U.S., Mexican and Brazilian customers at a new manufacturing facility in San Jose Iturbide, 155 miles north of Mexico City. The plant currently is operating at more than 90 per cent capacity with room for further expansion.
The company also produces lighting components at two plants in Guadalajara and another in Mexico City. Hella supplies automotive-assembly operations for Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Volkswagen and others in Mexico.