MICHauto Hosts Churchill High School Students at HELLA for First Discover Auto Tour

MICHauto’s Discover Auto program connects students to the career opportunities available to them in the automotive industry through immersive tours with those leading its ongoing evolution. In the first tour of the school year, 15 computer science students from Livonia’s Churchill High School were welcomed to HELLA’s Northville facility on Friday, Oct. 18 for career discussion and exploration.

HELLA CEO Joerg Weisgerber provided the students an introduction to HELLA’s work and its role in the automotive industry and the company’s Young Scholar program. Current Young Scholar, Gwen Roberts, shared a firsthand account of what the program entails and how the challenging work prepares students for fulfilling careers.

Beyond exposure to the operational components of the industry, this Discover Auto tour offered career lessons about work-life balance, the global reach of a Michigan-based automotive career, and the diverse spectrum of roles available – from traditional manufacturing to software development and everything in between.

HELLA further expands its positioning as a leading supplier of steering control modules

Scalable fail-operational modules from HELLA pave the way for automated driving functions

Lippstadt, July 23, 2019. In the last twelve months, the lighting and electronics expert HELLA has been able to acquire important new business in the area of steering control modules. On this foundation, the company is further expanding its position as major supplier of steering control modules. Especially demand for modules for semi-automated driving (from Level 2 of driving automation) increased. Around half of all new orders are for these kinds of modules now. “We are offering our customers a scalable product – from Built-to-Print products to the fully assembled modules,” says Frédéric Laure, Vice President Head of Program Management Steering at HELLA. This customized approach allows HELLA to already develop steering systems which are suitable for highly automated driving according to Level 4 today.

HELLA has been producing steering control modules (Electronic Control Units, ECUs) since 2010. These not only form the basis for electrical power steering (EPS) and fuel efficiency, but also enable functions for automated driving, such as lane keeping assistance and automated parking. According to the definition of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Level 4 (highly automated driving) does not require driver interaction in certain scenarios. The HELLA control modules are available in a fail-operational version to address these application scenarios. This means that in the event of a fault in the electronics, the system is not switched off, but the power steering assistance continues to function. “A reliable fail-operational control unit is essential to meet requirements in the field of automated driving in the future. In this respect, HELLA is already well positioned today,” says Ralf Kuhl, Head of Product Center Electric Power Steering at HELLA.

The control unit in the fail-operational version also enables the implementation of steer-by-wire systems, in which the transmission of steering commands takes place by means of electrical impulses instead of a steering rod. This enables several functions such as a retractable steering wheel during automated driving mode. But other individualization functions are also possible. For example, the steering behavior could be individually adjusted to meet the driver’s preferences.

HELLA has further expanded its production capacities this year in order to fulfil the increasing customer requirements even faster. HELLA intends to produce the steering control modules not only in Germany and China, but also in Romania, Mexico, Brazil and India.

HELLA further expanding presence in USA

  • New 115,000 square-foot building will have modern design and collaborative open workspaces
  • Building will be flexible to adapt to future marketplace demands

Plymouth, Mich., Dec. 18, 2017. The lighting and electronics expert HELLA reinforces its presence in the USA. The automotive supplier will open a new administrative and technical center in Northville, Michigan, at the beginning of 2019. The new, modernized facility will be at least 115,000 square-feet and will address the company’s continued growth as well as provide flexibility to adapt to dynamic marketplace shifts in the coming years. Official groundbreaking was in November 2017.

HELLA’s U.S. headquarters and technical center will replace its existing U.S. headquarters in Plymouth Township approximately three miles away. Within the next two years, the number of employees there is expected to expand from currently 350 to approximately 400. The focus of activities is on developing electronics products and lighting technology solutions. The location also houses company functions, such as purchasing, sales, information management as well as finance and controlling for the North American region.

“With the new location, we will create an important foundation for further pursuing our growth path in the North American market,” says Steve Lietaert, President of HELLA Corporate Center USA. “We will have more space for required additional resources while also being able to further optimize the work environment for our employees.” The new location will implement a flexible and open office concept with modern office equipment, project rooms, meeting areas, lounge and cafeteria sections as well as fitness activities for employees. To bring the project to fruition, HELLA has partnered with Michigan-based REDICO as the developer, Biddison Architecture + Design and Amson Development.

Note to Editors:
This text and corresponding photo materials can also be found in HELLA’s press database at www.hella.com/press

HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, Lippstadt: HELLA is a global, family-owned company, listed on the stock exchange, with around 38,000 employees at over 125 locations in some 35 countries. The HELLA Group develops and manufactures products for lighting technology and electronics for the automotive industry and also has one of the largest retail organizations for automotive parts, accessories, diagnostics, and services within Europe. With nearly 7,000 people working in research and development, HELLA is one of the most important innovation drivers on the market. Furthermore, with sales of 6.6 billion euros in the fiscal year of 2016/2017, the HELLA Group is one of the top 40 automotive parts suppliers in the world and one of the 100 largest German industrial companies.

For additional information please contact:

Dr. Markus Richter

Company spokesman

HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA

Rixbecker Strasse 75

59552 Lippstadt

Germany

Phone: +49 (0)2941 38-7545

Fax: +49 (0)2941 38-477545

Markus.Richter@hella.com

www.hella.com

 

HELLA Launches ‘HELLA Scholars’ Scholarship, Employment and Mentorship Program for High School Graduates

 

In an effort to foster growth of the next generation of engineers, technologists and scientists, HELLA has commenced its first-ever renewable scholarship program. The lighting and electronics company’s unique offering, the HELLA Scholars Program, will award multiple $10,000 annual scholarships to qualifying high school seniors and current university students, as well as year-round career experience at the HELLA Corporate Center campus in Plymouth.

HELLA launched its pilot program with eight Scholar positions. Candidates were considered from a group of approximately 30 applicants, most of whom graduated this year from Plymouth-Canton Community Schools and were involved in the district’s STEM Academy. These selected scholars began working side-by-side with mentors at HELLA this month.

“Investing in people and developing a strong pool of technical talent by giving them the tools they need to excel in their careers is a key focus at HELLA,” said Jörg Weisgerber, CEO of HELLA Electronics for North and South America. “This program allows us to invest in our community, and give the next generation of STEM professionals and, ultimately, future HELLA innovators, the opportunity to jumpstart their careers.”

With the Scholars program, HELLA is setting itself apart from other automotive companies that also have current talent needs exceeding the current workforce supply. By creating this scholarship to develop talent, HELLA is doing more than just talking about the issue – it is making a significant monetary investment to correct it.To ensure their time at HELLA is a success, students are matched up with HELLA mentors who will guide them through their career path in lighting, electronics, components and beyond.

“This truly is a fantastic opportunity for students who are committed to the STEM field,” said Nick Brandon, director of communications for Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. “We’re privileged to collaborate with HELLA on this unique program and give our students a chance to not only secure financial support, but also paid, hands-on experience. We can’t wait to see the impact this program has on the lives of our graduating students.”

To be considered for the scholars program, selection criteria includes:

  • Showing proof of their acceptance to an accredited, local university (within reasonable commuting distance)
  • Achieving a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Attending college with the intent of obtaining a degree in a related STEM field
  • Successfully completing an interview with HELLA leadership

Beyond the criteria above, award recipients are required to commit to working at HELLA five to 40 hours per week (depending on their course load), year-round. Scholars receive between $12-17 per hour.

“I am thrilled to be part of this program where HELLA is offering so many wonderful opportunities to learn and grow in the business world,” said Grace Warmann, a 17-year-old HELLA Scholar from Plymouth. “This is an excellent way for us to gain experience in the workplace and understand how to apply the material we learn in school.”

HELLA plans to continue the program for new graduating seniors at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, with intentions of selecting up to five more students to join the program each year. Scholars already participating in the program will be encouraged to reapply annually for the $10,000 scholarship, which can be awarded for a maximum of $40,000 for four years of college tuition per student.

This is one of many initiatives the company plans to take on in the coming years as part of a renewed focus on building STEM education opportunities and bridging the talent gap in the automotive industry. If the program is deemed successful, the company will look at the potential to duplicate the project at other U.S. facilities in the future.

Note to Editors: This text and corresponding photo materials can also be found in HELLA’s press database at www.hella.com/press HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co., Lippstadt: HELLA is a global, family-owned company, listed on the stock exchange, with approx. 35,000 employees at over 125 locations in some 35 countries. The HELLA Group develops and manufactures lighting and electronic products for the automotive industry and also has one of the largest retail organizations for automotive parts, accessories, diagnostics, and services within Europe. Complete vehicle modules, air-conditioning systems, and vehicle electrical systems also are produced in joint venture companies. With more than 6,000 people working in research and development, HELLA is one of the most important innovation drivers on the market. Furthermore, with sales of 6.4 billion euros in the fiscal year of 2015/2016, the HELLA Group is one of the top 40 automotive parts suppliers in the world and one of the 100 largest German industrial companies.

For additional information please contact:

Company Contact

Dr. Markus Richter

Company spokesman

HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.

Rixbecker Strasse 75

59552 Lippstadt

Germany

Phone: +49 2941 38-7545

Fax: +49 2941 38-477545

Markus.Richter@hella.com

www.hella.com

 

PR Contact

Brittney Popa

Eisbrenner Public Relations

Royal Oak, MI

Phone: (248) 554-3507

bpopa@eisbrenner.com

 

Nick Brandon

Director of Communications

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Phone: (734) 416-2755

Nicholas.Brandon@pccsk12.com