Hella opens e-mobility development centre in Romania

Automotive supplier Hella, which operates under the umbrella brand Forvia, is further expanding its European R&D network with two new facilities in the Romanian cities of Iași and Oradea. The focus will be on autonomous driving and electromobility.

The Technical Center in Oradea will primarily concentrate on developing products for electric vehicles, including battery management systems and voltage converters, according to Hella. In Iași, software development and testing for 77 GHz radar sensors are initially entrusted, “a central key technology for assisted and automated driving”.

The two locations have already started operations this autumn with a core team of around ten engineers each. Within the next three to four years, Hella says it plans to create a total of up to 300 new jobs at the two locations – but the planned jobs are not broken down between the topics of electromobility and autonomous driving.

The German supplier under the umbrella of Forvia – the name of the group of companies since the takeover of Hella by the French supplier Faurecia last year – wants to use the development locations to prepare itself for the coming market requirements. “In Romania, we have already been represented for many years with essential high-performance electronics sites,” says Björn Twiehaus, Managing Director Electronics at Hella. “For example, highly sophisticated control units are already being developed there today. In this respect, it was obvious for us to build on this network and further strengthen our presence in the country.”



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