They will also be hiring in Plymouth, Michigan. The company expects that around 20 engineering positions will be available.
According to a press release on Earthtime, Hella is hiring engineer and other staff professionals in North America to meet a growing demand for automotive electronic compoenents.
A global supplier of electronics and lighting, Hella expects to fill more than 20 positions at facilities in Plymouth, Mich., and Flora, Ill., through the third quarter of this year, according to Dr. Martin Fischer, president of Hella Electronics and the Hella Corporate Center USA in Plymouth. The company plans to hire additional employees later this year, as well.
Fischer said the company expects to grow its electronics business in the NAFTA trade region at an annual rate of 20 percent or more to keep pace with increased vehicle sales, consumer interest in more fuel-efficient cars and demand for new radar-based driver-assistance systems. This demand may help the U.S. auto industry return to annual sales of 14 million or more, as many analysts have predicted.
“We currently offer a variety of electrical components that will help automakers meet new government emissions and fuel-economy requirements,” the Hella executive said.
Products based on 24-GHz radar technology are expected to spark additional sales for the company and include systems that help drivers maintain a safe distance between vehicles, assist with lane changes, and provide blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts.
“Radar technology definitely will help us maintain our leadership position in the development of driver-assistance systems,” Fischer explained, “Radar operates in all weather conditions and automakers are receiving a positive response for these systems from consumers.”
Hella is following the lead of several other automotive manufacturers in adding jobs in engineering and product development. Ford Motor Company, for example, recently announced plans to add up to 50 engineers to expand its line-up of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles. BMW, Chrysler Group, Daimler, General Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan and Toyota Motors also are planning to have electric vehicles in production by 2013.
Fischer said that in addition to positions in engineering and product development, Hella also has openings in human resources, quality control and sales. At www.hella.com/careers Hella provides additional information on job openings and how to submit job applications.