Automotive supplier Hella intends to sell its 50 per cent share in the South Korean joint venture Mando Hella Electronics (MHE) to Mando. The two partners have now signed a corresponding agreement and the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021 calendar year. The price is “around €60 million.”
Due to the increasing demand for electronic automotive components, Hella is further expanding its electronics plant in Lithuania. The plant in the Kaunas Free Economic Zone started production of various electronic components in August 2018. At present, sensors and actuators, as well as lighting electronic components, are manufactured at the site, which has more than 180 employees.
Hella might be best known for its bulbs and ADAS, but the international automotive has announced that it expanding its global software competencies with a new Global Software House. Hella currently employs around 2,000 software experts worldwide, particularly in the field of embedded software in functional development for radar sensors, battery and steering electronics and lighting control, for example.
Japanese automotive manufacturer, Suzuki Motor Corporation has launched new vehicles onto the market. The advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) installed in the Suzuki Swift and Swift Sport is based on 24 GHz radar sensor technology from Hella. After debuting on the Suzuki Vitara in 2018, Hella’s 24 GHz radars are now featured on Suzuki’s new flagship models, enabling safety-relevant driver assistance functions, such as blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.
The increasing use of smartphones in everyday life is reflected in the growing popularity of tablets in modern workshops. Sales of Android devices in particular are booming because they are considered to be fast, affordable, and – due to the multitude of apps available – versatile. As a result, Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) is launching mega macs ONE, a new system, which transforms a tablet with Android 6.0 or higher and minimum 7-inch screen, into a fully-fledged diagnostic tool.
Hella and the Minth Group have announced a joint venture, which will be funded equally. The company, Hella Minth Jiaxing Automotive Parts Co. Ltd., will promote the development, production and marketing of radomes (absorbent covers for radar systems) and illuminated logos. It has a production facility in Jiaxing and will have an international scope, with an initial focus on the Chinese market. Subject to the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities, the joint venture is scheduled to start operations in Autumn 2020.
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.