Lighting and electronics specialist Hella is expanding its production capacities in China and further developing its electronics plant in Shanghai. A new building will be added to the existing site, with building work started in September 2017. The start of series production is planned for mid-2018. This will be followed by a fundamental restructuring of the existing plant. The Shanghai site will therefore be gradually expanded to become the largest electronics plant in the global Hella network.
Dr Rolf Breidenbach, CEO, Hella, said, “China is and remains one of our key automotive markets. With the expansion of our site in Shanghai, our primary aim is to fulfill existing customer orders and serve the Chinese market's growing demand for innovative electronics solutions.”
The production volume will initially total more than 40 million electronics components per annum, with this figure due to be doubled within the next five years. The plant is intended primarily to produce all product groups of Hella's electronics business for the local Chinese market, including components for efficient energy management and driver assistance systems.
In April of this year, Hella announced the construction of two new plants. A production facility for lighting systems for the Beijing Hella BHAP Automotive Lighting joint venture will also be built close to Tianjin in China.