HELLA, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers of lighting and electronics, Hella is expanding its production and development footprint in India.
It is building its second electronics plant near the city of Mehsana in Gujarat. Also, the automotive supplier has recently inaugurated an additional development center for automotive lighting technology in Coimbatore.
Rolf Breidenbach, the CEO of Hella said “The investments serve to increase HELLA’s presence in one of the fastest growing automotive markets in the world,”.“This will enable us to meet the growing demand for electronic and lighting products even better while providing custom-made solutions for the Indian market."
Naveen Gautam, Managing Director of HELLA India, added: "The expansion is a clear commitment of HELLA to the Indian market and its trust in Indian opportunities. With the new automotive trends, especially for e-mobility, we expect increasing demand for our solutions and products."
The plant opening is anticipated for early 2019. During the first expansion phase, the location will comprise a production surface of roughly 4,000 square meters and employ about 100 persons.
Five Million Euros will be Invested in the first phase. In the beginning, the plant will mostly produce accelerator pedal sensors for the domestic market.
HELLA has, in the summer of 2017, additionally opened a new development center for automotive lighting technology in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore.
The new location focuses primarily on developing rear combination lamps, headlamps, lighting modules and lighting electronics. The development team in Coimbatore is anticipated to increase to more than 200 employees over the coming years.