Hella Minth Jiaxing Automotive Parts, a joint venture of the internationally positioned automotive supplier Hella and the MINTH, has put a second production plant into operation in the Chinese city of Jiaxing. With the new location, Hella Minth Jiaxing primarily serves the further increasing demand for radomes. These are permeable covers for radar systems that can be manufactured in special designs according to customer requirements and embedded, for example, in the radiator grille or in a customer logo. The plant started operations at the end of 2021 and will initially supply a Japanese automobile manufacturer. On the basis of further orders, series production for other regional and international customers is also currently being prepared.
The new, highly automated plant in Jiaxing has an area of around 20,000 square meters and an annual production volume of initially around three million components; in further expansion stages, capacity is to be doubled to up to five million parts. The total investment in the new site, which also has a research and development center, is in the low to mid double-digit million euro range.
Hella Minth Jiaxing was established in January 2021 and combines Hella’s lighting and electronics expertise with Minth’s know-how in the field of exteriors. Both partners hold equal shares in the joint venture; it already has another production facility, also located in Jiaxing. A total of around 230 employees currently work for the joint venture; this number is expected to rise to over 300 by the end of the year. In addition to radomes, the joint venture also manufactures illuminated logos and covers for lidar sensors.