With the new innovation competition, internationally operating automotive supplier Hella is strengthening cooperation with its selected, high-performance suppliers, as well as expanding its own innovative strength. The aim of the competition “Hella Co-Innovation Platform” (HIP) is to involve particularly innovative suppliers in the early phases of product development and thus jointly advance the development of new, forward-looking technologies.
Hella CEO, Dr. Rolf Breidenbach (centre) awarding Hella’s innovative suppliers
“Innovation does not always succeed on its own but becomes more of a team task. This also includes our suppliers as potential partners,” said Hella CEO, Dr. Rolf Breidenbach, at the award ceremony. “Against this background, I am delighted to be able to award three particularly powerful and innovative suppliers with whom we will now work together with on advanced development projects in important areas.”
The companies AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG, HDO Druckguß- und Oberflächentechnik GmbH and Infineon Technologies AG, have now been honoured by Hella as particularly innovative suppliers at an awards ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Lippstadt. With their innovative strength, cost-effectiveness and cooperation, these companies have the potential to contribute to Hella’s product and development portfolio. In the next step, Hella intends to further intensify its cooperation with the three partners and jointly drive forward concrete development projects in areas concerning steering electronics, actuators and 48 Volt voltage converters.
The Hella Co-Innovation Platform was initiated for the first time at the end of last year in cooperation with the automotive supplier’s purchasing and pre-development departments. Numerous companies from various industries took part in the competition and presented their innovation proposals to a jury consisting of members of the Electronics executive board and further experts.