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News   December 14, 2007   by Auto Service World

HBPO Inaugurates Another North American Facility


HBPO, a supplier of automotive front-end module engineering and production, participated in the opening of a new automotive supplier industrial park in Toluca, Mexico.
Among those taking part in the ceremony were Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico; Oscar Albin, director of procurement & supplier quality for Chrysler de Mexico, and Holger Rapp, president of HBPO North America.
Beginning in 2008, HBPO will supply built in-sequence front-end modules in complex variations for a future Chrysler vehicle.
The front-end modules are a breakthrough automotive innovation that includes structural front-body carriers, cross members, engine cooling systems, electronics and accurately positioned headlamps.
In 2007, HBPO North America also opened production facilities in Windsor, Ontario and Fenton, Missouri.
HBPO GmbH was founded at the beginning of 2004 as a joint venture between the automotive supplier companies Hella KGaA Hueck & Company, Behr Group GmbH and Plastic Omnium.
HBPO is the only company in the world to specialize in the design, development, assembly and logistics of complete front-end modules. These are complete assembly units, the main components of which are lighting engineering, engine-cooling, air-conditioning, assembly and cross members, crash boxes, electronics, locks, air routing parts and bumpers.
North America is the fastest-growing region for HBPO with North American headquarters and a pilot production facility in Troy, Michigan, USA.
Production facilities are in St. Louis, Missouri; Windsor, Ontario; and Puebla, Hermosillo and Toluca, Mexico.


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