HELLA was founded in 1899 as "Westfalische Metall-Industrie Aktien-Gesellschaft" (WMI) (Westphalian metal industry company).

The name Hella was first used in 1908 for an acetylene gas lamp. Later Hella was extended to a wider assortment of products in the company. In 1926, Hella and its logo was registered as a brand. Hella was a word for automotive lighting at that time, and has also become part of the company name (Hella KG Hueck & Co.)

In 1999, a joint venture was formed between Hella & Behr, specializing in the production of radiators, air conditioners, as well as "nasal" modules for cars.

Hella manufactures the following products:

  • Halogen Headlights – today’s lights that use halogen light are the most common in the automotive industry.
  • Xenon Headlights - by far the most advanced technology in the field of automotive lighting systems. Advantages of Xenon technology: two times more light than a modern lamp H7, consuming three times less energy. Xenon light spectrum which is similar to daylight is more pleasant to the eye which gives a tremendous gain in driving safety and comfort
  • Tuning Optics - Hella produces tuning optics, which allow you to emphasize your car, also providing the possibility of transition from the xenon headlights to halogen technology
  • Established Optics - Hella supplies optics to factories of Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, VW, etc.

Lighting, electronics, complete assemblies for automobiles, air conditioning systems, vehicle wiring and signal processing in the automotive industry, along with the supply of spare parts to the secondary market are the core competencies of Hella KG Hueck and Co.