Purchasing philosophy

We rely on long-term partners

At HELLA, we believe working together with our suppliers in a true spirit of partnership is a key success factor, since we count on our suppliers to help us meet and exceed our customers’ high expectations. As a result, we constantly strive to establish and maintain close relationships with suppliers and integrate them into our business processes. This approach is also why we only source parts and materials from suppliers who have undergone a rigorous selection process that focuses on three critical factors: technology, quality and costs. Because we operate all over the world, we are particularly interested in suppliers that can offer competitive products at the global level and also:

  • utilize a quality management system structured according to ISO/TS 16949 and an environmental management system in compliance with ISO 14001,
  • respond flexibly and on time to specified requirements,
  • are familiar with and already use ship-to-stock (STS), just-in-time (JIT), and Kanban as tools to optimize inventory,
  • offer technical support and advice,
  • meet the requirements for electronic data interchange,
  • acknowledge HELLA contracts,
  • accept the HELLA QA guidelines, and
  • use environmentally sound production methods and materials and support HELLA’s environmental management objectives.