Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico, Jan. 16th – The HELLA Group, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers, today officially opened its fifth production plant in Mexico, a 150 million dollar facility built in 11 months.
The new industrial complex will generate approximately 1,500 new jobs over the medium term and is considered one of the most advanced HELLA Group plants worldwide in terms of infrastructure, technology, design, performance and sustainability. The facility will strengthen Mexico’s position as a strategic production and distribution hub within auto industry. The plant is expected to produce 1.2 million headlamps and 2.4 million rear lamps for markets in North and South America.
The inaugural event was attended by the Mexico Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo; the Governor of the State of Guanajuato, Miguel Márquez Márquez; and senior HELLA Group executives.
Dr. Rolf Breidenbach, chairman of the HELLA Management Board said: “We are undertaking an ambitious global expansion plan which will include substantial strategic investments in major automotive-industry production and distribution hubs around the world. Mexico is ranked tenth overall in the motor vehicle production and second in Latin-America. Our investment here is a key piece to HELLA’s continued growth and will contribute to the development of the City of Irapuato, the State of Guanajuato and Mexico”.
Ignacio Moreno, president and CEO of HELLA’s Lighting Division for North and South America, added: “We are very happy and proud to be opening this new plant, the HELLA Group’s state-of-the-art production center, developed with sustainability as a core objective. Moreover, we want to thank municipal, state and federal authorities for their support to develop this project. Our investment here recognizes Mexico’s important role in the global automotive industry and the country’s many competitive advantages, including its highways, human talent, universities and institutions with a technology focus as well as its geographic location. We are working to establish Mexico as the center of the expansion of our production operations in North and South America”.
One of the new plant’s major features includes a low power consumption LED lighting system developed by HELLA. Industrial processes performed in the plant don’t require water and the production system itself is emission-free. Also, the facility’s state-of-the-art waste treatment systems are operated by outside contractors specializing in waste management.
HELLA also plans to initiate a community outreach program to supply medicine and increase medical services in clinics in the local village of Abasolo.
Mr. Moreno noted that with the new facility, HELLA will not only be advancing its development of automotive lighting technology, production and state-of-the-art distribution models in North and South America, but also it will bring a positive impact both locally and nationally.