German automotive part supplier Hella is expanding its production capacities in China by building a new lighting manufacturing plant in Wuqing, close to Tianjin, informed the company in a press statement.
The project is being fulfilled by Hella-BHAP Lighting, a joint venture between Hella and Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts (BHAP), a subsidiary of the BAIC Group. Start of production at the new location is scheduled for October 2017.
Rolf Breidenbach, CEO of Hella, stated: "With BHAP, we have a highly trusted partner on our side with whom we will provide the innovative lighting products to our Chinese customers and continue our successful growth path on the Chinese automotive market."
BHAP President Chen Bao added: "This further milestone in our partnership with Hella will enable us to bring the latest in lighting technology to the BAIC Group. Lighting is an extremely important area for all automotive manufacturers with its contribution to safety, energy efficiency and styling."
In a first step, the new plant will cover a production area of approximately 12,000 square meters and have a production capacity for 1,2 million headlamps per year while employing about 250 persons. In the medium term, the modular design of the plant allows tripling the production space to be used for all kinds of lighting products.