Hella opens new R&D centre for automotive systems and components

November 27, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive supplier Hella KgaA has dedicated a new research and development centre to novel technologies for next-gen individual mobility. The centre, based at the company's headquarters in Lippstadt (Germany), will focus on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and energy management, steering, components and body electronics. In addition, the new centre will assume control functions for the company's R&D international network.

With a total area of 14.000 square meters, the centre represents an investment of €14 million. It accommodates more than 8.000 employees. The entire building is lit by energy efficient LED interior lighting which has been developed by the company itself.

Automotive electronics contribute 34 % to the total sales volume of the Hella group which predominantly is active in the field of lighting solutions. In 2012, Hella achieved sales of €1.7 billion. More than 8.000 workers are employed in the company's 19 R&D and 16 manufacturing locations. Rising fuel prices and a growing traffic density will drive the development of more efficient technologies, predicted Hella CEO Rolf Breidenbach at the inauguration of the new R&D facility.