FORVIA HELLA at a Glance

FORVIA HELLA is a listed, international automotive supplier. We are a company of the FORVIA Group, the world's seventh largest supplier of automotive technologies. As a global market leader in high-growth areas, FORVIA employs 157,000 people worldwide. FORVIA HELLA therein stands for high-performance lighting technology and automotive electronics. At the same time, we cover a broad service and product portfolio for the spare parts and workshop business as well as for manufacturers of special vehicles with our Business Group Lifecycle Solutions.

Facts & Figures




€8.1 billion sales in
Fiscal Year 2023

Research & Development

€458 million
R&D expenditure


+125 Locations
35 Countries

Business Groups

3 Business

Management Board

Bernard Schäferbarthold Bernard Schäferbarthold
Bernard Schäferbarthold
Chief Executive Officer

CEO of FORVIA HELLA since 1 January 2024. Many years of experience in the automotive industry. Previously Chief Financial Officer at HELLA, CFO at Nordex SE as well as auditor and tax consultant for the auditing and tax advisory firm Warth & Klein.

Yves Andres Yves Andres
Yves Andres

Member of the FORVIA HELLA Management Board since 15 April 2022 and therein responsible for the Business Group Lighting. Previously at Faurecia (since 2007) in various management positions in the areas of finance, production, sales, program management, most recently responsible for the Business Group Clean Mobility.

Stefan van Dalen Stefan van Dalen
Stefan van Dalen
Lifecycle Solutions

With HELLA since 2016. As of 1 April 2023 Member of FORVIA HELLA Management Board and therein responsible for the Business Group Lifecycle Solutions. Previously, he was leading our international spare parts and workshop business. Before HELLA, he held various management positions in supply chain management at Robert Bosch.

Jörg Weisgerber Jörg Weisgerber
Jörg Weisgerber

With HELLA since 2016. As of 1 April 2023 Member of FORVIA HELLA Management Board and therein responsible the Business Group Electronics. Previously, he was responsible for the electronics business in North and South America. Before HELLA, he held various management positions at IEE S.A., an international sensor specialist.


FORVIA Business Portfolio

A comprehensive portfolio: six international Business Groups with differentiating product lines

FORVIA HELLA Business Groups

LightingElectronicsLifecycle Solutions


Since its foundation as a small lamp factory in 1899, FORVIA HELLA has long become a leading supplier of vehicle lighting, including headlamps and rear combination lamps as well as car body and interior lighting. Our development activities currently focus on features and technologies expected to be especially important in the future, generating benefits that customers can see and touch, such as light-based driver assistance systems, LEDs and design elements.

Lighting Website



The number and complexity of the electronic components used in vehicles has increased tremendously over the past few years. Although we first started out in lighting electronics, we have now become an expert supplier of all kinds of vehicle electronic solutions. Our product portfolio ranges from complex body electronics such as central control units and access systems to various electronic components, including sensors and vacuum pumps. We are also active in the rapidly growing energy management and driver assistance systems segments, where we offer a wide range of attractive innovations.

Electronics Website



Within the Lifecycle Solutions Business Group, we develop, produce and distribute products for the independent parts trade and for workshops. We also serve wide range of further target groups in this area, from agricultural and construction machinery manufacturers to municipalities and small series manufacturers with innovative lighting and electronic products. The systematic transfer and appropriate application of technology, process and quality know-how from the automotive sector form the basis for the high competitiveness in innovation and costs.

Tech World
Partner World
Special Original Equipment Website

Lifecycle Solutions

Our History: 10 Milestones

Westfälische Metall Industrie AG
Founded as "Westfälische Metall Industrie AG"
Acetylene headlamp
First Acetylene headlamp "System Hella": HELLA becomes a trademark
Start of internationalisation with first factory abroad
Start of internationalisation with first factory abroad
electronic flasher unit
Entering electronics business: first fully electronic flasher unit
Brand HELLA now also included in the company’s name (HELLA KG Hueck Co.)
voltage converter
Start of production of the first DC/DC converter, 4 million voltage converters produced since then
LED matrix technology
World's first LED matrix technology
HELLA goes public
HELLA goes public
77 GHz radar sensors
Launch of 77 GHz radar sensors as an essential key technology for automated driving
FORVIA is created
Faurecia takes over majority share: FORVIA, the 7th largest supplier for automotive technologies worldwide emerges



€ 8.1 billion sales

Fiscal Year 2023


marks the beginning of ­



(at 31 December 2023)


locations in around 35 countries