HELLA celebrates 120 years in business


HELLA (Peachtree City, Georgia) celebrates 120 years of business in 2019. On June 11, 1899, founder Sally Windmüller enregisters the Westfälische Metall-Industrie Aktien-Gesellschaft in the commercial register of the Lippstadt district court. Thus, he laid the foundation for an impressive success story. What was once a small lamp factory in Lippstadt has now become a global automotive supplier with 40,000 employees worldwide.

The name HELLA appeared in 1908 as a registered trademark for acetylene lights. By 1923, the Lüdenscheid Hueck family took over the majority of the company's shares. It wasn’t until 1986 that the company name changed to "HELLA." The HELLA brand is attributed to Sally Windmüller, founder of the company, who wanted to honor his wife Helen, although there are other versions about the origin of the brand name, such as the phonetic association of the word "Heller" which in German means "bright."

After the Second World War, in 1951, the first subsidiary was founded in Wembach. Today HELLA has six different production plants in Germany, located in Lippstadt, Bremen, Recklinghausen, Hamm (Bockum-Hovel), Nellingen and Wembach.

Early internationalization and the creation of a global distribution network occurred in the 1960s, with the founding of the first foreign production plant in Mentone, Australia. Since then, HELLA has established more than 125 locations in over 35 countries and operates in Europe, NAFTA / South America, Africa and Asia / Pacific.

Since the early 1990s, HELLA has also been part of several joint ventures with other automotive parts suppliers such as Mahle Behr, Plastic Omnium, Samlip, Leoni, Mando, TMD Friction and InnoSenT, resulting in the German JV’s HBPO and BHTC as well as, Behr Hella Service and Hella Pagid Brake Systems worldwide.

Since the foundation of the company, the world has changed significantly - and so has HELLA. But the interconnecting link has always remained the same: the company‘s core values. They are the foundation on which HELLA's success is built. Yesterday, today and tomorrow. They connect employees across all locations - whether in China, India, Mexico, United States, Eastern Europe, Germany or the many other countries in which HELLA is present.

For more information, visit hella. com.

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