The story of HBPO GmbH starts in an innovative department of Hella KG Hueck & Co. The idea of a module rapidly spreads in the automotive industry. The first front-end module is produced for the Volkswagen Golf A3 in a newly built just-in-sequence (JIS) assembly plant in Meerane, Saxony.
The module specialists are awarded their first contract with complete responsibility for development and supplier selection for individual components for the front-end module of the Škoda Fabia A04.
The Hella-Behr Fahrzeugsysteme GmbH (HBF) company is founded as a joint venture between the growing vehicle modules unit of Hella KG Hueck & Co. and the radiator and air conditioning specialist Behr. In the same year, the American Hella-Behr Vehicle Systems Inc. subsidiary is founded in Troy, Michigan, in the United States (now HBPO North America Inc.).
The Asian joint venture SHB is founded with the South Korean automotive supplier SL Corporation.
The company moves into its newly built HBPO headquarters in Lippstadt.
Porsche honours us with the Porsche Supplier Award.
HBPO develops the first air flap control systemn (Active Grille Shutter). Depending on customer requirements, it can be integrated in the front-end module. The Active Grille Shutter improves the vehicle’s aerodynamics and helps reduce vehicle emissions.
HBPO receives a “Family-Friendly Company” certificate and the JLRQ Award from Jaguar and Land Rover.
Growth continues – another three plants are set up and HBPO break 1 billion euros in annual turnover for the first time.
HBPO's form HICOM in Malaysia, a joint venture with DRB.
HBPO receives the “Hidden Champion Award” from the Arnsberg Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
We receive the Volkswagen Group Award for the second time. HBPO first received the award in 2008.
HBPO breaks the 2 billion euro turnover mark for the first time.