Milestones of the company history

More than 20 years ago, modularization became an important part of the automotive industry. We have been there from the beginning and have shaped this development significantly.

2016

2,200 employees are manufacturing more than 5.3 million front-end modules; sales rises up to 1.8 billion Euro.

2014

10-year anniversary of HBPO.

For the second time, HBPO has received the prestigious Volkswagen Group Award. With this award, the OEM honors its top suppliers.

2013

HBPO produces more than 4.4 million front-end modules. The foundation for further expansion in Asia, South America, and Europe is laid.

Family friendliness creates positive effects for the companies and their employees. For the second time HBPO fulfills all requirements to be part this group of companies.

Also HBPO is identified as world-wide Market leader, by the local Chamber for Trade and Commerce (IHK Arnsberg).

2012

HBPO forms a joint venture with DRB Hicom in Malaysia. This cooperation secures the expansion in the ASEAN region.

2011

2011 is another successful year for HBPO. Three production plants are opened and revenues cross the 1 billion Euro mark for the first time.

For the first time HBPO fulfills all requirements to be part the group of companies, which creates positive effects for Family friendliness.

According  Jaguar Cars Limited’s and Land Rover’s “JLRQ” supplier performance management system HBPO was awarded for the QUALITY AWARD 2011. HBPO UK met all JLRQ requirements.

2010

On the heels of the global financial and economic crisis, 2010 is the most successful year in the young firm’s history.

Porsche honored its ten best suppliers. HBPO is one of them.

2008

HBPO has received the prestigious Volkswagen Group Award. With this award, the OEM honors its top suppliers. The 15 companies were selected, highlighted for achieving the goals of competitiveness demands that the company and its business performance, meeting institutional objectives in carrying out their work and hence underpin the group and its strategy.

2006

HBPO moves into its newly-built headquarters in Lippstadt, Germany.

2004

The new joint venture HBPO GmbH is formed, based on the Hella-Behr Fahrzeugsysteme joint venture, already well-established in the front-end module market, and joined by a third partner – Plastic Omnium Auto Exterior, a company specialised in painted exterior body components, impact absorption and pedestrian protection system.

HBPO has won the R&D Performance Award from the Axel Schröder & Partner management consultancy for the second time since 2001.

2002

In addition to the subsidiaries in Europe, the growth in Asia is boosted. A joint venture is established between SHB Automotive Module Company Ltd. and South Korean automotive supplier Samlip. This is the beginning of a successful partnership for front-end modules in South Korea (company headquarters: Daegu).

2001

HBPO has won the R&D Performance Award from the Axel Schröder & Partner management consultancy for the second time since 2001.

1999

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 air conditioning specialist Behr. In the same year, the American Hella-Behr Vehicle Systems Inc. subsidiary is founded in the United States (Troy, Michigan) (today: HBPO North America Inc).

1997

HBPO wins its first contract with complete responsibility for development and component supplier selection for the individual components of the front-end module of the Skoda Fabia A04.

1992


The first front-end module in the history of the later HBPO GmbH is already produced in 1992. At the time, an innovative department of Hella KG Hueck & Co. is dealing with vehicle modules. The idea of a module rapidly spreads in the automotive industry. The first front-end for the Volkswagen Golf A3 is produced in the newly built JIS assembly plant in Meerane, Saxony.