Hella Australia develops, manufactures, warehouses and distributes a wide range of automotive and mining lighting equipment while also maintaining core activities in research and development.
Established in 1961, the company employs approx 400 people operating from a 32,700 square metre plant based in Mentone. Equipped with injection, polycarbonate lens and thermoset moulding machines in addition to automatic painting, hot foil stamping, aluminium metallising and lacquering capabilities, the manufacturing plant is truly a state of the art facility.
From this base, Hella Australia develops and manufactures a range of products including headlamps, reflectors, lenses, signal lamps, interior and exterior lighting, auxiliary lamps and mouldings for the local market and export. In the original equipment side of the business, Hella supplies to Ford, GM Holden, Toyota and Shanghai GM. The Aftermarket operation supplies lighting to the domestic market and exports to the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
The manufacturing operation has it?s own development team and prototype capability, as well as an Optical and Environmental laboratory on site.
Only recently Hella Australia and Toyota have established an innovation partnership to create world-class manufacturing capabilities culminating in a new $12 million Kaizen line which will produce Australian-made lights for Toyota’s Camry, hybrid Camry and Aurion models.
Hella Australia is a global leader in its field and during the last forty-eight years, it has built a record of outstanding achievement as well as made an enormous contribution to the Australian automotive industry.
The new production line, launched in March 2009, might be the most strategically important investment Hella has made during its time in Australia. Being chosen to supply components for Toyota’s international operations is a very significant achievement. It is Hella?s plan to also use similar manufacturing concepts for it?s other key customers: Ford and GM Holden.