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Hella opens lighting plant in Tianjin
Automotive News China | 2017/11/3

German supplier Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. has opened a lighting factory in the city of Tianjin to supply automakers in northern China.

The 200 million yuan ($30 million) factory is jointly run by Hella and Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co., a subsidiary of BAIC Motor Group Co.

The nearly 40,000-square-meter (430,556-square-foot) plant can produce up to 600,000 headlights and 600,000 car body lights a year, Hella said. 

Initially the factory will supply Beijing Benz Automotive Co. and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co.¡¯s proprietary car brands. 

Beijing Benz, a joint venture between BAIC and Daimler AG, builds Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Beijing. 

The Tianjin plant is Hella¡¯s fifth lighting factory in China; others are in Beijing, Changchun, Jiaxing and Chengdu. Hella also has three electronics plants in China.

In the fiscal year ended May 31, Hella¡¯s automotive lighting and electronics businesses in China generated 924 million euros (7.1 billion yuan). 

For the period, the company¡¯s China revenue accounted for 14 percent of its global revenue of 6.6 billion euros.

As Hella expands, China will generate 20 percent of the company¡¯s total revenue, predicted Markus Bannert, Hella¡¯s management board member in charge of its automotive lighting unit.

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