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Hella opens lighting plant in Tianjin

German supplier Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. has opened a lighting factory in the city of Tianjin to supply automakers in northern China.

The 200 million yuan ($30 million) factory is jointly run by Hella and Beijing Hainachuan Automotive Parts Co., a subsidiary of BAIC Motor Group Co.

The nearly 40,000-square-meter (430,556-square-foot) plant can produce up to 600,000 headlights and 600,000 car body lights a year, Hella said.

Initially the factory will supply Beijing Benz Automotive Co. and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co.’s proprietary car brands.

Beijing Benz, a joint venture between BAIC and Daimler AG, builds Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Beijing.

The Tianjin plant is Hella’s fifth lighting factory in China; others are in Beijing, Changchun, Jiaxing and Chengdu. Hella also has three electronics plants in China.

In the fiscal year ended May 31, Hella’s automotive lighting and electronics businesses in China generated 924 million euros (7.1 billion yuan).

For the period, the company’s China revenue accounted for 14 percent of its global revenue of 6.6 billion euros.

As Hella expands, China will generate 20 percent of the company’s total revenue, predicted Markus Bannert, Hella’s management board member in charge of its automotive lighting unit.

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