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Hella Opens Electronics Plant in Mexico

November 3, 2008

The facility will employ more than 100 people and manufacture transmission-range and pedal sensors, plus vacuum and washer pumps for the company's Asian- and North American-based automotive customers.


SAN JOSE ITURBIDE, Mexico /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Hella KGaA Hueck & Co., a tier-one supplier of automotive lighting and electronic equipment, recently celebrated the grand opening of its first electronics plant in San José Iturbide, about 155 miles north of Mexico City.

The 275,000 sq. ft. facility will employ more than 100 people and manufacture transmission-range and pedal sensors, plus vacuum and washer pumps for the company's Asian- and North American-based automotive customers.

The plant's grand opening (on October 31) drew a number of dignitaries, including Juan Manuel Oliva, governor of the Mexican state of Guanajuato; Jean-François Tarabbia, chief executive officer of Hella's electronics division and member of the board, Hella KGaA Hueck & Company; and Dr. Martin Fischer, president of Hella Electronics Corporation and Hella Corporate Center USA Inc.

"Our San José Iturbide electronics plant in Mexico plays an important part in our strategy to meet customers' needs by manufacturing our products close to their facilities," Tarabbia said. "Mexico has become an important automotive manufacturing center not only to supply North America but also Central and South America."

"Our new electronics facility will allow us to more efficiently serve our customers in the region," Fischer added. "The plant's annual production capacity is expected to be about two million vacuum pumps and 6 million pedal sensors."

Hella currently employs more than 2000 people in its two existing lighting plants located in Guadalajara and Mexico City.

About Hella
Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. develops and manufactures lighting and electronics components and systems for the automotive industry. Its joint venture companies also produce complete vehicle modules and air conditioning systems.

In addition, Hella has one of the largest aftermarket organizations in the world for automotive parts and accessories, with its own sales companies and partners in more than 100 countries. The consolidated annual turnover of the Hella Group is about $5.7 billion.

Hella is one of the top 50 automotive parts suppliers in the world and one of the 100 largest industrial companies in Germany. Nearly 25,000 people work in 70 manufacturing facilities and production subsidiaries throughout the world, including more than 3500 research and development engineers and technicians. Customers include all of the world's leading vehicle and systems manufacturers, as well as the automotive parts aftermarket.


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