New Hella working environment opened


Lippstadt, Germany, February 09, 2018. Lighting and electronics expert HELLA continues to invest in the workplace environment of its employees. An innovative office work concept was thus realized at the company headquarters in Lippstadt, providing employees with state-of-the-art workplace equipment and great flexibility in approaching their varied tasks. The modern and open design will make the workplace environment even more attractive to employees while further promoting collaboration inside the company.

“The market’s innovation speed is further accelerating and new players and their ideas are entering the industry all the time. This means for HELLA: we must increasingly favor open and flexible work methods. A workplace environment as we have created in Lippstadt will support us in communicating and collaborating even more across the various functions”, says Dr. Rolf Breidenbach, President and CEO of HELLA, at the occasion of the opening of the new HELLA working environment.

To begin with the new HELLA working environment was implemented on a single level of an already existing building. The new concept provides employees with 1,500 square meters of different work zones – ranging from individual workplaces where quiet concentrated working is possible, lounge areas with sofas and armchairs for creative exchange and spontaneous meetings to think tanks and meeting zones offering space for sustained collaboration in smaller and larger teams. An open working concept supports flexible project work throughout. Different project teams can thus spatially rearrange according to their requirements.

The new HELLA working environment was initially implemented at four departments with 112 employees from the functional divisions IT and Process Management, which jointly drive process standardization and improvement at HELLA. The spatial consolidation of those departments allowed HELLA to simultaneously create a “process house” for those employees who coordinate the internal company processes in the best possible manner and who harmonize all relevant business processes and implement them worldwide. Other existing spaces and newly planned buildings, such as the new visitor, administration and exhibition center near the company headquarters at the Rixbecker Strasse in Lippstadt are intended to follow the same principle.




Together with the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors, HELLA is developing a new headlamp prototype.


Lippstadt, April 25, 2017. As part of the research project HipE (highly innovative pixilated phosphors for laser-based emissions in headlamps), HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co., a globally leading supplier of lighting and electronic products for the automotive industry, and the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors in Soest, are developing a prototype for high-definition headlamps with laser light source. The project started in March 2016 and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) over a period of three years.

Reducing installation space, increasing efficiency, improving light quality and safety – headlamp requirements are constantly on the rise. For meeting them, high-definition systems are becoming ever more frequent. Especially laser light sources have become very important. They are not just efficient in that individual light pixels can be activated as needed, but they also have a particularly high luminance. More light exits from a smaller light surface. This means that installation elements, such as reflectors, can be smaller, therefore allowing a more compact construction design.

In order to apply adaptive functions to the road, i.e. headlamp light that automatically adjusts to the traffic and ambient lighting conditions, such as glare-free high beams, it is initially necessary to transform the blue short-wave laser radiation into white broadband radiation. The Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) regulates light color in Europe. The conversion of blue into white radiation occurs via phosphors. In the context of the HipE project, the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors tests various materials in view of their suitability – i.e. regarding their conversion characteristics and heat propagation – and then optimizes them. HELLA is developing a new mechatronic-optical concept for the construction of a complete headlamp module. The lighting and electronics expert for example checks, which optical systems are suitable for meeting the requirements for a more compact design and greater efficiency. Furthermore, HELLA is designing a demonstrator, i.e. an illustration model containing the new components. The ultimate goal consists in pushing the technologies developed during the project toward series production readiness.

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