Hella will take over aftermarket sales for Visteon’s lighting products from January 2008.
The joint venture Behr Hella Service will become the sales partner for Visteon’s vehicle air conditioning and engine cooling products.
In a statement Hella said it will take over around 250 headlamps and fog lamps as well as combination rear lamps and direction indicators in a first step. The product range is to be supplemented step by step by further devices from Visteon’s future original equipment range. In Europe, Visteon’s OEM customers include Audi, Citroen, Ford, LandRover, Opel, Peugeot, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen. The lighting products will be sold under the Hella brand.
In the thermal management product range, Behr Hella is taking over more than 300 Visteon products for engine cooling and vehicle air conditioning for vehicles from Ford, Volvo, Renault, Skoda and Fiat, for example. These products will be sold under the Behr Hella Service brand. Hella and Behr founded this joint venture in 2005 for the joint servicing of the independent parts market for thermal management for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
A Hella spokesman said the deal gives it a strong market position in the lighting and thermal management product segments.