Frank Petznick (49) will take over the management of Continental AG’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) business unit and become a member of the Management Board of the Autonomous Mobility and Safety business area on 1 August 2020.
A common concern for motorists when driving in wet conditions is aquaplaning, when the car begins to lose traction and glide on the road with the resulting loss of control, especially when on fast roads such as motorways and dual carriageways. As a result, Hella, the lighting and electronics expert, working in conjunction with renowned manufacturer Porsche, has put its wetness detection function into series production and is supporting the world premiere of ‘Porsche WET-Mode’.
Knowledge of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is becoming a necessary requirement in the aftermarket as more vehicles with these systems are entering the workshop. Hella is an ADAS specialist that not only designs and manufactures many of the sensors and radars on which these systems rely, but through its subsidiary, Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS), has been educating the industry in the importance of ADAS calibration and its repercussions for independent businesses for more than a decade.
Hella has added the PS1000 to its aftermarket lighting range, the first Valuefit LED work lamp with a corrosion-free, plastic housing. By using plastic, the reverse light compliant, work lamp is optimally protected against corrosion and can withstand even the toughest conditions, as well as offering a weight saving advantage and better vibration control.
Despite the current unprecedented circumstances, Hella is reassuring its customers that it’s business as usual for them throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. While the sales team isn’t out visiting customers at the moment, the company still has its employees working behind the scenes. The warehouse is continuing to be supplied and products distributed to workshops.
Hella has released a video showing the quality control and test procedures its wiper blades go through to ensure they are able to deliver the day-to-day performance in the face of harsh weather conditions.
As bulbs are becoming more difficult for drivers to change themselves because engine bays are now more compact, they are turning to workshops and fast fit centres to assist them in this once simple task. This development also provides workshops with the opportunity to upsell lighting products by combining their expert knowledge with the driver’s preferences and driving style to recommend the most appropriate replacement. Technicians can also advise customers to replace both bulbs at the same time following best practice and creating more profit margin for the workshop. Lighting specialist Hella has issued its tips to help technicians upsell.
The fourth annual WhoCanFixMyCar.com awards took place on 13 February 2020, following a year in which more than two million jobs were completed by registered garages. The awards comprised 24 categories, with 118 nominees shortlisted and acknowledged for their excellence out of a network of more than 14,400 garages and mechanics registered on the site. Headline sponsor, battery manufacture Varta attended alongside other members of the WhoCanFixMyCar.com partnership including Shell, Brembo and Hella.
Hella has appointed Neil Grant as its new UK managing director. Grant will begin his latest role in January 2020. He has been the financial director (FD) of Hella UK, based in Chipping Warden, for four years. He will take over from current MD, Matthew Say, who has been leading the UK operation for the past four and a half years.
The exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system has become a central part of modern engine design as a result of government legislation to lower exhaust emissions. The system helps to moderate nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions produced in the combustion chamber when the engine’s temperature is high, by introducing a proportion of its exhaust gas into the intake air, thus lowering the temperature and, in petrol engines, it also reduces fuel consumption if it is operating under partial load.
With ‘Digital Light SSL | HD’, the new high-resolution lighting system, Hella, the lighting and electronics expert is making a further significant contribution to greater safety and comfort in road traffic. With this lighting technology, more than 30,000 pixels can be controlled intelligently and individually, thus bringing about numerous new safety functions, like optical lane markings. Furthermore, original equipment manufacturers and end customers can use SSL | HD technology to implement and experience further options allowing enhanced individualisation, such as coming and leaving home animations, as well as communication functions.
Hella has launched a battery finder tool to easily source a replacement battery. The free tool can be accessed at: http://hellabatteryfinder.com where users can search for a battery using the registration number, vehicle model details or VIN number and can be used for motorcycles, cars and light commercial vehicles.
At the annual general meeting of Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA at the company’s headquarters in Lippstadt, Germany, shareholders approved all proposals submitted. Around 600 shareholders and guests attended the fifth annual general meeting since flotation on the stock exchange and at the time of the vote, approximately 86 percent of the voting share capital was represented.
An agreement has been struck between Hella and Hengst, to enable Hella to add Hengst’s commercial vehicle (CV) filters to its comprehensive product portfolio. Two years ago, an alliance was formed between the two companies to create Hella Hengst, a unique brand for the passenger car and light commercial vehicle sectors. However, this new arrangement means that Hella can now distribute a complete filter programme across the entire aftermarket.
Lighting an electronics specialist Hella will present solutions for the mobility of the future at the IAA in Frankfurt, Germany’s largest motor show, from September 10 to 15, 2019. The company will be located in the New Mobility World (Hall 5, Stand B06).