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HELLA sells relay business to Hongfa


Date: 20-Dec-2019

Automotive supplier aligns electronics business even more strongly with the automotive market trends of electric mobility and autonomous driving.

HELLA, the lighting and electronics specialist, is aligning its electronics business even more closely along the major market trends of electric mobility and autonomous driving. Against this backdrop, HELLA will sell its existing relay business to the Chinese relay manufacturer, Hongfa. In the last fiscal year, HELLA achieved sales of €43 million in this business field. The subject of the transaction is the corresponding development and production activities of the two HELLA companies located in Xiamen, China. The transaction is expected to be complete by the end of the year, with the price being around €10 million. As a result, approximately 280 employees will transfer to Hongfa.

"In the years to come, we want to concentrate even more strongly on the central future topics of the automotive industry," explains HELLA CEO Dr. Rolf Breidenbach. "We see these topics being electric mobility and autonomous driving, so we are delighted to have found an experienced partner in Hongfa, who will successfully further develop our relay business."

Guo Manjin, Chairman of the Hongfa Group, explains: "The acquisition of HELLA's relay business will enable us to further expand our market position as one of the world's leading relay manufacturers. The transaction will enable us to secure the established market and product advantages of HELLA in the area of relays and combine these with our distinctive management and technology expertise and more than 35 years of relay expertise."

Hongfa is one of the world's largest suppliers of relays. In 2018, the company achieved total sales of around €1.2 billion. 

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