Hella will contribute its expertise in automotive lighting technology to the cooperation, while Plastic Omnium will contribute its expertise in plastics processing for exterior body parts. In this context, it is also planned to jointly bundle corresponding R&D resources at one location in Germany.
"Light is shaping vehicle design more than ever. The demand for individualization and a unique position will continue to increase in the future. Light in automated driving scenarios can also contribute to communication and safety," said Rolf Breidenbach, CEO of Hella. "By further intensifying our cooperation with our long-standing partner Plastic Omnium, we will have additional opportunities to drive these market trends forward and offer our customers new degrees of freedom in terms of functionality and design.
"In the new partnership between Plastic Omnium and Hella, the competencies of both companies will be brought together to offer the market combined technologies and solutions in styling and function for the vehicle body. This will expand our intelligent bumper and tailgate offerings and add communication and lighting capabilities," added Laurent Burelle, Chairman and CEO of Plastic Omnium.
Hella and Plastic Omnium have been working together successfully for several years as part of the HBPO joint venture. The joint venture describes itself as a world market leader in the assembly and customer-specific provision of front-end modules. In the 2018 calendar year, HBPO generated sales of € 2 billion.