Grupo Antolin, China's HiRain team up to develop lighting systems

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Automotive News | 2019-2-26

Spanish automotive interiors supplier Grupo Antolin formed a partnership with China¡¯s HiRain Technologies to develop new interior and exterior lighting systems.

HiRain, headqurtered in Beijing, is a major Chinese automotive electronics company that has helped Grupo Antolin expand its lighting business in China, the two companies said last week.

The latest partnership will include development of a new interior lighting feature described as ¡°advanced dynamic ambient lighting¡±, which is expected to hit the Chinese market this year.

The project will combine HiRain¡¯s technological expertise and core electronic components know-how with Grupo Antolin¡¯s system integration technology, to develop ¡°the most advanced lighting multiproduct portfolio¡± in the market.  

¡°The fast-pacing environment and upcoming challenges in the automotive industry such as autonomous vehicle, electrification and weight reduction will bring a lot of opportunities for our interiors business,¡± said Ernesto Antolin, chairman of Grupo Antolin.

The Spanish company sees itself as a ¡°smart integrator,¡± using its expertise to build ¡°intelligence¡± into automotive interiors by incorporating electronics, sensors, cameras and displays into existing products to meet future requirements.

¡°In light of new market trends and cost efficiency driven industry, increasing the added-value of automotive components through innovation and integration is crucial to grow as leading automotive player,¡± said Zhanning Qi, AE president of HiRain Technologies.

By integrating lighting features into automotive parts, the two companies will reduce weight and cost, he added.

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