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1899 HELLA is born – the company “Westfälische Metall-Industrie Aktien-Gesellschaft” is formed HU_Historie_1899

HELLA is born On 11 June 1899, Mr. Sally Windmüller establishes the company “Westfälische Metall-Industrie Aktien-Gesellschaft” (WMI) in the town of Lippstadt, Germany. The new company operates a factory specializing in production of lanterns, headlamps, horns and fittings for bicycles, carriages and automobiles. Windmüller recognizes the vast growth potential offered by the motoring industry even as it is just getting off the ground. 

1908 HELLA trademark created HU_Historie_1908

No one knows for sure how the HELLA name came to be trademarked for an acetylene headlamp in 1908, or how the logo later developed for the product came to be registered with the German Patent Office in 1926. The most likely story is that the name Hella was developed by Windmüller himself in honor of a nickname used by his wife Helene. 

1937 The HELLA workforce reaches the 1,000 mark

The HELLA workforce reaches the 1,000 mark 

1945 The company has just 45 employees at the end of the war

The company has just 45 employees at the end of the war 

1951 First subsidiary in Germany founded

First subsidiary in Germany founded 

1961 HELLA breaks out on the international stage – founding of our first factory abroad, in Australia

HELLA breaks out on the international stage – founding of our first factory abroad, in Australia 

1984 Annual sales exceed one million deutschmarks for the first time

Annual sales exceed one million deutschmarks for the first time 

1986 A new name: HELLA KG Hueck & Co.

A new name: HELLA KG Hueck & Co.

1990 HELLA has more than 20,000 employees worldwide

HELLA has more than 20,000 employees worldwide 

1992 HELLA founds first affiliate in Eastern Europe

HELLA founds first affiliate in Eastern Europe 

1996 Joint ventures established in China and South Korea; international activities increase

Joint ventures established in China and South Korea; international activities increase 

1999 Launch of the HELLA network strategy: joint ventures formed with Behr

Launch of the HELLA network strategy: joint ventures formed with Behr

2003 Change in corporate form: new partnership limited by shares is named HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.

Change in corporate form: new partnership limited by shares is named HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.

2011 HELLA continues to expand in emerging markets such as China, Mexico, Brazil and Dubai.

HELLA continues to expand in emerging markets such as China, Mexico, Brazil and Dubai. 

2013 Founding of Hella Pagid Brake Systems joint venture Pagid_logo_160_x_80_neu

HELLA PAGID GMBH, the joint venture of automotive supplier TMD Friction and HELLA, started operations as independent company on May 2, 2013. The joint venture, headquartered in Essen, sells brake components and brake accessories on the international automotive spare parts market. Both partners have a 50% share in the joint venture.

New development center for electronics in Lippstadt p0000854

On November 26, 2013 HELLA inaugurated the newly built Electronics Development Center at its Lippstadt location. This investment of 14 million Euros means that now HELLA is able to extend its own research capacities in the field of electronics, particularly when it comes to innovative technologies for state-of-the-art mobility. Operations at the new center will be focused on the four product sections of Driver Assistance Systems and Energy Management, Steering, Components and Body Electronics. But, furthermore, the new center in Lippstadt will also carry out a steering, i.e. managerial, function within the international research and development network of the entire Group. The brand new, six-floor building boasts a total space of 14,000 square meters, an area capable of housing approximately 700 members of staff. The new center also has more than 50 conference rooms, a variety of test laboratories and a staff café on the first floor. And throughout the entire complex, the energy-efficient LED interior lighting systems developed by HELLA are in operation. 

2014 HELLA and BAIC launch joint venture for lighting systems HELLA_Logo

The HELLA Group has further strengthened its presence on the rapidly growing Chinese car market by setting up a joint venture with the leading Chinese automobile manufacturer, BAIC. The signing of the contract for the establishment of Beijing Hella BHAP Automotive Lighting Co. Ltd. took place in Munich on March 26, 2014. 

HELLA - the family-run business is now a listed company Bulle_Baer

On November 11, 2014 HELLA shares are traded for the first time on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The initial trading price is 27.50 Euros. The official start of trading was preceded by a two-part private placement to institutional investors and family offices. Even after going public, HELLA remains a family-run business - the shareholders have pledged to keep a total of 60 percent of the shares until at least 2024. The company plans to use the extra financial resources to continue along its long-term growth course in a globalized competitive environment.

In January 2015 HELLA's Stock Market Listing wins award for European equity issue of the year 2014.


HELLA opens international guest house with conference facilities and a sports center HELLA_Globe

In April, HELLA has opened the HELLA Globe in Lippstadt. The new building, literally on the doorstep of company headquarters, will be used as a guest, conference and sports center for HELLA employees from Germany and abroad. "The Globe is a veritable symbol of our international network", explained Dr. Behrend during the inauguration. The number of employees who arrive in Lippstadt from all four corners of the earth for meetings, coordination talks and training courses has been rising steadily for years. With the advent of HELLA Globe, the visitors will now be able to enjoy their very own guest house providing 39 rooms with ultra modern furnishings, a spacious lounge area and five conference and meeting rooms that can be flexibly laid out to suit a variety of occasions. Furthermore, HELLA Globe, covering an area of 3,300 square meters, is equipped with a fitness center and a sports hall, thus providing another mainstay for HELLA IN MOTION, the company's sports and health program. 

2015 HELLA expands wholesale business by continuing acquisitions HELLA_Logo

By acquiring the remaining 21 percent of Danish company FTZ and purchasing 50 percent of Polish Inter-Team, HELLA has significantly strengthened its wholesale business. The former joint ventures are now fully owned by HELLA and part of Nordic Forum, which conducts the company's wholesale business for Northern and Eastern Europe.

2016 HELLA expands aftermarket e-commerce activities HELLA_Logo

HELLA is further expanding its e-commerce activities in the Aftermarket segment. By acquiring iParts, the leading online shop for vehicle parts in Poland, the company aims at bolstering its e-commerce activities while accelerating its further expansion. The focus here will initially be placed on the Northern and Eastern European territories.

2017 HELLA successfully completes refinancing of 2014/2017 bond HELLA_Logo

HELLA has successfully placed a corporate 300 million euro bond on the capital market. The bond term is seven years and and has a coupon interest of 1.0 percent per year. The issue generated strong interest of notable domestic and international institutional investors and led to great demand resulting in an approximately eightfold over-subscription.

HELLA expands international production capacities HELLA_Logo

Thanks to the construction of new plants in China, Mexico, Lithuania and India, HELLA is expanding its international production capacities and thus meets the increasing demand for innovative lighting and electronics solutions. 

HELLA and Hengst tie the knot Handschlag_Christopher_Heine_und_Dr_Andreas_Habeck_m

Agreement for comprehensive collaboration in the area of filtration in Great Britain Thanks to a strong venture with OEM Hengst Filtration and the start of sales activities of filtration products, HELLA is launching a new chapter in the UK. The agreement brings together two long-established companies. HELLA was founded in 1899, Hengst in 1958. As OE manufacturers and system suppliers to the global automotive industry, both are pursuing identical goals: HELLA and Hengst are award-winning technological pioneers renowned for best quality, availability and support to the independent aftermarket.

HELLA receives Award by Foundation for Family Businesses for Societal Importance _Juergen_Behrend_und_Stefan_Heidbreder_m

HELLA is one of the 100 most important family businesses in Germany. That is the result of a study on behalf of the Foundation for Family Businesses. Over ten years, renowned scientific institutes regularly analyzed the macro-economic performance data of several hundred German family-owned businesses in this regard. They researched the overall economic significance of the companies - as for example their commitment as responsible employers.

Inauguration of new HELLA Development Center for Automotive Lighting Technology in Sindelfingen HELLA_Entwicklungszentrum_Sindelfingen_Small

HELLA has officially opened its New Development Center for Automotive Lighting Technology in Sindelfingen in the context of an official inauguration ceremony. HELLA has therefore now its own presence in one of Europe's strongest automotive regions. Complementing the work of our headquarters in the Westphalian city of Lippstadt, the Development Center in Sindelfingen should contribute to meeting the increasing demand for innovative lighting solutions. The number of developers is projected to gradually increase to over 100 employees. 

Company name change to HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA HELLA_Logo HELLA further expands software location in Berlin HELLA_Logo

HELLA is further developing its subsidiary company HELLA Aglaia in Berlin, specialized in image processing and software solutions. Against this backdrop, the company has moved into its new headquarters in the Berlin Tempelhof district. Employee numbers are projected to reach up to 500 over time.

HELLA and BreezoMeter agree on strategic cooperation HELLA_Logo

The lighting and electronics expert HELLA and the Israeli service provider of cloud-based air quality information, BreezoMeter, are entering into a strategic partnership. The objective of the cooperation is to create reliable real-time data on air quality in and around the vehicle while making them available to vehicle occupants. The cooperation also intends to provide personalized solutions for active health management on the basis of this cloud-based technology. 

HELLA and ebm papst spark electrification HELLA_Logo

HELLA and motor and ventilation specialist ebm papst have agreed on a strategic cooperation. The focus of cooperation will be in the field of actuating systems. Both partners intend to further propel electrification and jointly develop innovative product solutions. The serial production of an electric purge pump will be the first joint project in 2019. It will significantly contribute to reducing CO2 emissions in vehicles.

HELLA and ZF agree on strategic cooperation 2017-06-20_ZF_Coop_Sensor_Technology_m

ZF and HELLA are entering into a strategic partnership. Both automotive suppliers will benefit from the cooperation in the field of sensor technology, especially for front camera systems and image recognition as well as radar systems: ZF will further increase its portfolio as a system provider of the latest assistance systems and automated driving functions. HELLA is bolstering the development of its key technologies, for which the company is gaining additional market access in the context of this cooperation. A first joint development project in camera technology is commencing immediately and aims for a market introduction in the year 2020.

2018 Strategic collaboration with Faurecia Faurecia_and_HELLA_Signing_160

The lighting and electronics specialist HELLA and the French technology supplier Faurecia will cooperate in a strategic partnership for the development of innovative interior lighting solutions. Within this cooperation, both companies will jointly develop lighting solutions with high-technology content in the domain of surface-lighting and dynamic-lighting for a comprehensive personalized cockpit environment.

New electronics plant in Lithuania opened Gruppenbild_160

HELLA has opened a new plant in Lithuania. With its new plant in the Lithuanian Kaunas region, HELLA will serve the rising demand for electronics components on the European market. Over time, the number of employees is intended to increase to 250.

Production capacities in the NAFTA region expanded significantly HAM-E-Mexico-Inauguration

HELLA has expanded its production capacities in the NAFTA region significantly. To this end, the lighting and electronics specialist has opened a new electronics plant in Apaseo el Grande in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. In addition, the production capacities in two existing lighting plants in Mexico were expanded at the end of 2017.

Electronics joint venture with BHAP in China launched HELLA_BHAP_Newsimage

HELLA continues to expand its presence on the Chinese market by launching a new joint venture dealing in electronic components with the company BHAP, which is part of the BAIC automotive group. The signing of the contract for the founding of the joint venture to be known as HELLA BHAP Electronics (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. took place on April 26, 2018.

2019 Second electronics plant in India Werkseroeffnung_Indien_160

HELLA has opened a second electronics plant in India. The new production facility will meet the growing demand for electronic components and strengthen proximity to local customers. Production at the new location will initially focus on sensor solutions for accelerator pedal sensors and will gradually be expanded by further electronic products. In the first expansion phase, the plant will comprise a building area of around 5,000 square meters and employ up to 200 people in the future.

Plastic Omnium and HELLA enter into strategic partnership Plastic_Omnium_HELLA_Strategic_Collaboration_Signing_160

The automotive suppliers HELLA and Plastic Omnium enter into a strategic cooperation. The focus of the cooperation will be on accelerating the holistic integration of lighting technologies into the vehicle exterior, especially for the front and rear areas.

HELLA and AEye seek to extend collaboration for sensing and perception solutions for ADAS and Automated Driving HELLA_Logo

HELLA and AEye, a world leader in artificial perception systems and the developer of iDAR™, seek to extend their strategic partnership to deliver customized sensing and perception solutions for ADAS and Automated Driving based on iDAR technology. Both parties will combine their complementary capabilities in their respective domains. The focus of the cooperation is in the field of LiDAR sensors.

1908 The company’s first outstanding product innovation – the “System HELLA” acetylene headlamp HU_Product_1908

The company’s first outstanding product innovation – the “System HELLA” acetylene headlamp This acetylene headlamp has a plano-concave lens behind the burner and its convex surface is lined with silver to reflect the light. The grinding process involved in producing these lenses yields much greater precision than is achieved with metal reflectors. 

1936 Headlamp prototypes HU_Product_1936

Headlamp prototypes WMI supplies headlamps for the very first prototype of the Volkswagen. 

1957 Headlamp prototypes Assymetrische_Lichtverteilung

First type approval for a headlamp with asymmetric light distribution. 

First fully electronic flasher unit HU_Product_1965

First fully electronic flasher unit A foot in the door in the electronics segment: the first fully electronic flasher unit. 

1971 First H4 (halogen) headlamp HU_Product_1971

HELLA is the first manufacturer to receive approval for an H4 (halogen) headlamp. 

1983 First DE projection headlamps HU_Product_1983

In the DE projection headlamp, the light is projected onto the road based on the principle of a slide projector, greatly increasing light emission even though the size of the light aperture is reduced. 

1988 HELLA launches the free form reflector (FF) HU_Product_1988

HELLA launches the free form reflector (FF) Free-surface technology (FF) is developed, allowing much more efficient use of the light beam. In the new technology, reflectors are positioned based on computer calculations to generate the light distribution without needing any optical profiles in the cover lens. 

1992 Xenon headlamps enter series production

First-generation Xenon headlamps from HELLA go into series production. 

1996 Pedal sensor with accelerator pedal HU_Product_1996

HELLA develops the first integrated accelerator pedal sensor with accelerator pedal, pedal power generation and sensors in a modular unit. 

1999 Rain-light sensors

Series launch of integrated rain-light sensors. 

Bi-Xenon headlamp HU_Product_1999a

The first Bi-Xenon headlamps go into series production. 

2003 The intelligent battery sensor (IBS) from HELLA delivers efficient energy management

The Intelligent Battery Sensor is a prime example of high-efficiency energy management. These sensors check battery status and supply detailed, precise power, voltage and temperature values from the vehicle’s battery. This data makes it possible to reallocate energy within the vehicle to optimally serve its needs. 

Cornering light and dynamic bend lighting

HELLA is the first company to produce cornering and dynamic bend lights in series. 

2007 The first front camera with traffic sign recognition HU_Product_2007

A front camera monitors the road during driving and recognizes traffic signs. The new feature also warns drivers when they are going faster than the posted limit. 

2008 Full LED headlamps HU_Product_2008

HELLA develops the first full LED headlamp for the Cadillac Escalade Platinum. 

2010 Dynamic Light Assist from HELLA enhances visibility HU_Product_2010b

The Dynamic Light Assist feature in the VW Touareg is based on intelligent interaction between a front camera, powerful image processing software and the very latest in lighting technology from HELLA. A camera located on the front windshield detects vehicles driving ahead as well as oncoming vehicles. Powerful image processing functions analyze the data and pinpoint the exact location of the other vehicles on the road. This information is used to move a special cylinder-shaped shade between the light source and the projection lens in the headlamp so that other road users do not have to contend with added glare. This helps ensure optimum visibility for the at all times, without disturbing other road users. 

First full LED headlamp with AFS functions for the Audi A8 HU_Product_2010a The new Audi A8 features a very special highlight: optional full-LED headlamps with AFS functions from HELLA. The low beam has ten projection lenses arranged like a curved ribbon. They give the vehicle a distinctive, impressive look – both day and night. AFS feature allows drivers to activate different lighting functions depending on the driving situation. Built-in specific light distributions include adverse weather light, motorway light, high beam and cornering light, all produced by switching individual LEDs on and off. The adverse weather light, for example, cuts down on glare from the vehicle’s own lights in fog or heavy rain by scattering light more widely.
2012 First Headlamp with LED Main Beam Function for the Truck Segment 10016269a_OE0

First Headlamp with LED Main Beam Function for the Truck Segment Due to the particular requirements of the truck segment, it was decided to employ long-lasting and vibration-resistant LED light sources. This is particularly relevant in the case of lighting functions with the longest operating time, such as daytime running lights, position lights, and low beams. The low beam's light intensity is at the Xenon level. Thanks to the fact that the LEDs' light color resembles daylight, the subjective perception of brightness is considerably greater. This allows drivers to rely on natural vision, which perceives contrasts better. Combined with homogeneous light distribution, the headlamp therefore contributes to increased traffic safety by preventing fatigue. As a result of the use of energy-efficient LED light sources, the power consumption of the low beam could also be reduced to 21 watts, which represents a savings of 49 watts compared to a conventional filament-bulb solution. Therefore the LED headlamp contributes significantly to reducing CO2 emissions.

2013 First vehicle with 100% LED low beam headlamps and optional camera based full-LED headlamp with glare-free high beam Headlamp_Mercedes_E-Class_HELLA

With the facelift of the Mercedes E-Class two major trends in LED headlamps were developed for series and high-end systems. Series LED headlamps with a reflector system and static low beam. In contrast, the optional system is a high-technology full LED headlamp and features all functions of intelligent lighting system. It is separating the close and distance light distribution through two independent LED light modules in each headlamp. So the inner module generates a constant light distribution within the close visual range in front of the vehicle. While the outer module is responsible for the glare free high beam. At darkness the vehicle drives with permanent high beam, thereby the system detects oncoming traffic or traffic ahead through a camera and automatically modifies the light distribution accordingly to the situation. 

Ambient lights: HELLA sets trends for interiors RGB-LED_Ambient_Lighting_Land_Rover_HELLA

The interest in innovative lighting solutions for vehicle interiors has been growing across all segments. This is the impetus behind HELLA recently providing equipment for innovative interior lighting concepts for the Opel Adam, VW Golf and Seat Leon along with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. In order to meet the demands for customization, the designers can already utilize a wealth of design options: From elongated light guides integrated around the center console or into door designs to diffuse lights for illuminating footwells or map pockets. The Range Rover SUV allows drivers to create their own ambiance. In terms of physical equipment, HELLA implements this function using RGB modules which consist of three different colored LEDs. The light is injected into the light guides and the mixing and brightness is controlled by a LIN controller. 

Matrix LED technology makes its debut LED_Matrix_Beam_HELLA

World premiere: The AUDI A8 will boasting the world's first ever Matrix LED headlight. The heart of this headlight is the glare-free high beam. This allows the driver to travel in his vehicle with a permanent high beam without risk of dazzling oncoming traffic or any preceding vehicles. Such a function is technically possible thanks to the splitting up of the high beam into five reflectors, each one having a chip containing 5 LEDs. Each LED on the 5-segment chip can be controlled separately and so many light distributions are possible. The implementation of Matrix technology allows, for the first time, several tunnels to open simultaneously. The masking out other vehicles as well as the adaption of the light cone to the driving situation is ensured. It is not only the safety-enhancing functions that make the headlights especially - it is also their attractive design.

Tail and brake light realized with mirror tunnel technology for the first time 10018404a_OER For the first time an optical system with mirrors has been used in the Citroen C4 Picasso to infinitely reflect the light emitted by the two functions of LED brake light/LED lamp. The tail lights' brake light/lamp functions, available as an optional feature, take the form of two 3D modules, each with 15 light-emitting diodes (LEDs). A thick-walled optic, teamed with one semi-transparent mirror that is set back slightly and another that is located at the front, create a 3D tunnel effect: when the light from the LEDs reaches the semi-transparent mirror at the front, it partially crosses it, whilst the residual light reaches the mirror that is set back a little and is immediately reflected. In this way, a 3D tunnel effect is created, despite the low geometrical depth of the tail lights. Other signaling functions are realized using conventional lighting technology. A basic version is also available with filament bulbs only.