German lighting and electronics maker Hella has formed a partnership with Sao Paulo-based Emicol to manufacture electronic products in Brazil.
Emicol, a supplier of components used in the home-appliance, automotive, medical and information-technology sectors, will help produce Hella body-control modules for a major global automotive manufacturer.
Production is expected to begin in the next 12 months at an Emicol Eletro Eletronica facility in Itu, Sao Paulo, Hella said.
Wendell Gomes Schmiedecke, managing director of Hella Brazil Automotive LTDA, said in a press release that Hella plans a considerable investment in equipment for its new Brazilian manufacturing operations and that Emicol will assemble and warehouse Hella electronics products as part of the program.
"Our new partnership with Emicol will strengthen Hella's presence in South America and further broadens our manufacturing footprint throughout the Americas," Schmiedecke said. "Our goal is to further improve the service Hella provides to its customers throughout the region."
The company also said it sees the potential for additional growth in South America for accelerator pedal sensors, throttle position sensors, intelligent battery sensors and other electronic products.
Hella recently completed a 50,000-square-foot addition at its San Jose Iturbide electronics plant north of Mexico City and this spring, began construction of a $97 million factory in Irapuato, Mexico, to produce headlamps and taillights.