News - Hilite International, Inc.


New Plant in Changshu


Hilite Automotive Technology Co.,Ltd announce that Cam-phaser production line equipment installation is completed, will transfer to equipment commission and trial-run phase from Apr.16th 2019, hereby Publicity.


海力达汽车科技有限公司发动机凸轮轴相位调节执行器生产项目已经完成设备安装工作, 将于2019/4/16日开始进入设备调试及试生产阶段,特此公示.



Hilite Germany at the Warema Run


On July 1, 2018, 22 runners on the Hilite team got together under the beautiful summer sky to take part in the Warema-Lauf (“Warema Run”). This year, for the first time, there was company scoring as part of the event.
The Hilite team and its “Going All Green” slogan could not be overlooked. The large group stood out from the crowd with their new green running shirts and made for a great picture as they stood under the Hilite banner.

With support coming from a small group of fans, things got serious for everyone at 12:15 pm. After just 22 minutes and 01 second, the first “Hiliter” crossed the finish line after completing two sweat-soaked laps.

At the award ceremony, the Hilite team was able to mount the winner’s podium twice. In the company scoring, thanks to its large number of participants, Hilite won the top spot and was able to take home the trophy. For the team scoring, three employees managed to take 2nd place.

Hilite at the 39th International Vienna Motor Symposium


For decades, the International Vienna Motor Symposium has been a meeting place for more than a thousand engine experts, top executives from the automotive and supply industries, and representatives from specialist bodies and federal ministries.

The event on 26 and 27 April 2018 offered a wide range of groundbreaking lectures, with ample time for discussion and networking.

This year once again saw Hilite exhibit at the accompanying trade show, presenting its new corporate video to enormous interest.

Alongside hydraulic control valves for engine and transmission applications, together with camphaser systems, Hilite also unveiled new VCR technology that makes it possible to vary the compression ratio while an engine is running. A two-stage switchable VCR system allows the fuel consumption of a modern downsizing petrol engine to be reduced by around 5-7 %, depending on driving style.

Hilite's mission is to help create a clean environment through innovative products and technical solutions which reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Partnership with FEV on series production of two-stage VCR connecting rod


Aachen, February 2018 – The FEV Group and automotive parts supplier, Hilite International, are partnering to develop and manufacture a two-stage, variable compression ratio (VCR) connecting rod. The goal of this partnership is to leverage synergies in the development of the product and devise a cost-efficient solution for serial production.

This collaboration is mutually beneficial for both parties. FEV will provide the development and systems expertise, while Hilite, a systems supplier with vast experience in production, has the know-how to produce large quantities of components.

According to Professor Stefan Pischinger, President and CEO of the FEV Group, “we have found Hilite to be a strong partner for the final phase of development for the VCR connecting rod, as they have established themselves as a systems supplier within the market.” On the subject of the cooperation, he adds, “VCR connecting rods are an important technology for the future of the internal combustion engine to considerably reduce CO2 and exhaust emissions in real operation. FEV’s solution has the advantage that it can be incorporated into nearly any engine without an entire redesign.”

David Wei, CEO of Hilite, based in Marktheidenfeld, Germany, gives a positive assessment of the partnership, which initially is scheduled for a period of two years.

“We supply our customers with advanced and efficient solutions,” said Wei. “By collaborating with FEV and combining our expertise, we will now be able to offer our customers this value proposition in the area of VCR.”

The VCR technology meets the challenges of downsizing and the associated increase in combustion pressure by enabling optimal adjustment of the compression ratio at any time. This innovative approach is a reasonable complement to the wide variety of future powertrain solutions for affordable, personal mobility. The optimized internal combustion engine will continue to play a major role alongside purely electric drives – in particular, for long-distance travel – and in hybrid vehicles. That claim is even more valid when considering that the properties of future, renewable fuels (referred to as “e-fuels”), encounter favorable conditions within a VCR engine.

The two-stage VCR connecting rod developed by FEV is already being used in multiple demonstration vehicles. The company also has prototypes for heavy-duty and large engines, which have already proven their performance in a comprehensive series of tests.

About FEV

The FEV Group, with headquarters in Aachen, Germany, is an internationally renowned service provider in vehicle development. The skill spectrum of FEV includes consulting and the development and testing of innovative vehicle concepts, all the way up to serial production. In addition to engine and transmission development, vehicle integration, and the calibration and homologation of modern vehicle powertrains, the development of hybrid and electric drive systems as well as alternative fuels is constantly increasing in importance. Another area of activity includes optimizing electronic control systems as well as the increasing connectedness of cars. In this context, one particular focus is the continued development of autonomous vehicles.

As a globally operating service provider, the company offers these services to its customers from the transport sector worldwide. The FEV Group employs over 4,800 highly qualified specialists in modern development centers close to our customers at more than 40 locations on four continents.

About Hilite

Since it was founded in June 1999, Hilite International has grown into a global automobile parts supplier. The focus is on the development and production of systems and components for improving fuel consumption and reducing emissions. The company demonstrates its comprehensive experience and vast expertise with advanced products for engines and powertrains.

Hilite has just under 1,600 employees at eight locations in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Hilite International expands its management team


In December 2017 and January 2018, Jochen Wieland and Dr Sebastian Schilling joined the management team at Hilite International, and are now working alongside CEO David Wei, and CFO Andreas Aumüller.

In his role as CTO of the Hilite Group, Dr Sebastian Schilling leads the company's corporate development and technical strategy. As a engineering expert with over 27 years' experience, he comes with strong links with the automotive industry, and Hilite not only benefits from his extensive contacts, but also from his first-rate expertise in future technologies, development systems, product enhancements and production optimisation. Dr Sebastian Schilling began his career at FEV Motorentechnik. His most recent role was that of Executive Engineering Director Europe.

Jochen Wieland has taken on the role of Head of Europe at Hilite, and as such will be responsible for the expansion and further development of the business in Europe. With almost 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry, he boasts extensive know-how in production processes and systems, as well as in organisational optimization, and will therefore help to continuously improve Hilite’s operational performance and profit situation.

Jochen Wieland previously had a successful career at Getrag and GKN, in the drive technology and AWD systems departments.

Hilite's new vision is very clear: We want to become the most dynamic company in the area of our ever-evolving expertise, the preferred partner for all stakeholders, and the employer of choice.

With its newly expanded management team, Hilite is now even better placed to achieve its ambitious growth goals.

Hilite at the VDI Congress "Drivetrain for Vehicles"


With around 1,500 participants and over 100 companies presenting, the VDI Congress “Drivetrain for Vehicles” from June 21st to 22nd, 2016 in Friedrichshafen is one of the most important hubs for vehicle gearbox manufacturers and users in Europe.

In the accompanying specialist exhibition, Hilite International was once again present with a stand and presented innovative transmission solutions to the participants of the Congress. Hilite is a recognised and reliable expert partner for OEMs and other customers from the automotive industry.

US Representative Bill Huizenga visits Hilite Whitehall


US Representative Bill Huizenga visited the factory in Whitehall on May 2nd, 2016, while on his way to the 16th White Lake Area Chamber of Industry and Commerce Luncheon, which takes place every year and for which Hilite Whitehall was a sponsor. The luncheon offered a wide range of people from industry, commerce and business the chance to meet local politicians in White Lake.

Mr. Huizenga was a guest speaker and spoke about local issues, current topics in Washington D.C. and expectations for the future, and he answered audience questions as well.
While visiting the Hilite plant in Whitehall he took a lot of time to discuss and understand Hilite’s career concepts for their employees and what skills and abilities those leaving school needed to have in order to be successful employees.

The management team gave Bill Huizenga an overview of Hilite Whitehall before showing him the plant and the manufacturing processes. Bill said the following: “The high-skilled manufacturing happening in West Michigan is amazing….I toured Hilite International in Whitehall to see first hand how innovation is leading to increased fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, and more power! Hilite is a great example of the precision and quality that defines #MadeInMichigan.”

Hilite at the 37th Vienna Motor Symposium


Over 1000 experts from across the globe, including top managers from the automotive and supply industries, met at Hofburg Palace in Vienna on April 28th and 29th for the world’s most important congress of its type.
Across more than 40 lectures, the motor experts discussed the latest developments and advancements in the automotive industry. “The main thing that has been spurring on the automotive industry for a long time, certainly for the last 20 to 25 years, is the combustion engine,” explained Prof. Hans Peter Lenz, founder and manager of the renowned industry event.


Hilite International is a reliable and innovative partner of the automotive industry and supports car manufacturers and OEMs in the development and production of motor applications.
This year Hilite was again present at the event with a stand, presenting the latest products and developments.

Donation for the children's hospice


This year, Hilite was once again able to give Kinderhospiz Sternenzelt Mainfranken e.V. a check for € 2,000. Management almost tripled the original amount of € 670. Carolin Gleichmann, Vice President of Human Resources, and Karl Rüppel, Chairman of the Works Council from Hilite, were delighted to be able to hand over the donation to Annette Ross Kamp, management expert and grief counselor at the Sternenzelt hospice.

For Hilite, it is very important to support the Children’s Hospice Association, which provides relief and care for families with children and adolescents who have life-threatening illnesses or are severely disabled.

Trainee receives state award


In order to secure the professionals of tomorrow, Hilite gives training in the dual system top priority. Hilite is thus particularly pleased that Tina Wingenfeld was given the Bavarian State Award for her outstanding results on the final exam to become an industrial management assistant.

There are currently 20 trainees in the professions of industrial management assistant, mechatronics engineer, industrial mechanic, and IT specialist. Eight more young people are scheduled to start their training with Hilite in September 2016.

Hilite Gives Gifts to Children


For the fifth time, the Hilite company paid a visit to the children at the integrative kindergarten and St. Nikolaus School, and spread visible cheer by giving out well-stuffed stockings.

Representing the Altfeld automotive supplier, Vice President Human Resources Carolin Gleichmann and Chairman of the Works Council Karl Rüppel, together with Counseling Chairman Armin Grein, were able to follow the children's Christmas presentations and welcome Santa Claus together. "It's always a joy to look into the children's shining eyes," said Rüppel.

This year, after the closing of the St. Nikolaus School in Lohr, about 30 additional students participated in the celebration. After giving out the gifts that "Santa Claus dropped off for us at the company this weekend," Counseling Manager Marlies Grollmann gave thanks on behalf of all the children for the campaign, which has by now become a tradition.

Hilite at the FH Würzburg-Schweinfurt Practical Forum


On 17th November 2015 Hilite appeared with its own exhibition booth as part of the FH Würzburg-Schweinfurt practical forum in Schweinfurt, and informed students on internship positions, thesis topics, and of course, entry-level positions for graduates.

Roughly 80 companies took the opportunity for exchange between company and students.

The Hilite stand was a magnet for visitors, and Hilite was able to present itself as an attractive employer, especially for students in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering programs.

Hilite exhibits at the VDI Transmission Conference


The VDI "Transmissions in Vehicles" Conference on June 16 and 17, 2015 in Friedrichshafen is all about gear concepts that combine efficiency and functionality with one another.

In 90 specialist and plenary sessions, speakers discussed different approaches in the fields of manual gearshift, automatic, dual clutch, and continuously variable transmissions and hybrid and battery electric vehicles.  Around 1,200 participants used the opportunity again to exchange views and discuss the ways of transmission optimization on Lake Constance.

This year Hilite International was an exhibitor for the second time. Hilite exhibited a DL382-Mechatronics and a DQ200 gearbox among various other cutaway models.

New organizational structure at Hilite


In the first half of 2015, Hilite began introducing a product-based organization structure, creating Engine and Transmission business units.

These smaller and more efficient units allow Hilite to meet customer needs even more rapidly and to place an even greater focus on new technologies. Hilite is thus pursuing new strategic opportunities to further expand its business portfolio.

Dr. Marius Gutes was appointed manager of the Engine Business Unit and David Wei was appointed manager of the Transmission Business Unit. Both are looking forward to this new task.

Hilite at the 36th Vienna Engine Symposium


The Austrian Society of Automotive Engineers (ÖVK) invited engine and transmission experts to the industry meeting in Vienna’s Hofburg Congress Center for the 36th time. Around 1,000 trade visitors from around the world responded to the invitation to discuss the future of drive technology from May 7-8, 2015. It was, as in previous years, very much influenced by efficiency.

Hilite International has been exhibiting for many years at the Vienna Engine Symposium and was represented once again this year with a booth.

A DL382-mechatronics was presented alongside a variety of Vanecam cutaway models and an EA211 engine exhibit. In addition, the jointly developed Flowtronic valve was presented with the cooperation partner Melecs.

Trainers Forum visiting Hilite Germany


Hilite Germany is one of over 2,600 training companies in trade and industry in Main-Franconia. So that trainers, training officers and vocational schools can exchange amongst themselves, the Würzburg-Schweinfurt Chamber of Commerce set up the trainers' forum.

As part of this, instructors have the opportunity to visit other training companies.

On April 22, 2015, Hilite Germany opened its doors in Marktheidenfeld for 25 instructors from Main-Spessart who were very interested in the company, the training opportunities and its products.

After the presentation of the company by Managing Director Jörg Feuring and the introduction to training with Hilite by the Trainer Nadine Pregitzer, visitors were able to learn all about the products and processes with a tour of the factory.

There was an opportunity to exchange and discuss in a relaxed atmosphere during the subsequent get together. The Head of the Education Forum Thomas Schäbler for the Main-Spessart area aptly summarized the event in the send-off: Hilite—a real highlight.

€2,000 for Sternenzelt

2015-04-15 Hilite Germany once again donates to the children's hospice

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, the Vice President Human Resources Jörg Westphal and the Works Council Chairman Karl Rüppel handed over a check for € 2,000 to Annette Rosskamp from the children's hospice. Management generously rounded up the original raffle proceeds of €618.

The Sternenzelt Main-Franconia Children's Hospice Association e.V. has tasked itself with supporting families of children, adolescents or young adults with terminal illnesses or severe disabilities and is entirely dependent on donations, because there is no cost-covering funding for children's hospices in Germany.

Currently the children's hospice is caring for eight families. Since 2009, 22 family companions have been trained at the outpatient children's hospice in Munich (AKM). In July 2015 another four family companions (children's hospice helpers) will be trained. The Sternenzelt association has 156 members.

The Sternenzelt children's hospice family companions don't consider themselves death companions, but rather life companions, accompanying families for many years in the home environment.

Still, it’s a big wish of the Sternenzelt children's hospice to build a stationary children's hospice in the Main-Franconia area so that families caring for their critically ill children at home can have a break in a stationary children's hospice as a whole family, in order to be capable and ready to cope with the routine of everyday life after the downtime.

Hilite Germany has consistently supported the Hospice Association in recent years with donations.

Hilite International at the Aachen Colloquium


The 23rd Aachen Colloquium on Automobile and Engine Technology was held from 6 – 8 October 2014 under the direction of the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) of RWTH Aachen University and the Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA).

Some 1,800 visitors from 30 countries attended the event which makes it the largest seminar in Europe focusing on new developments in the automotive industry.

The participants received the latest information on challenges facing the vehicle and engine industry and experienced the theory from the lectures on the test track.

With 69 exhibitors on over 1,500 sqm of exhibition space, visitors were able to meet manufacturers and suppliers face to face.

After a long break, Hilite International returned as an exhibitor this year and presented an engine exhibit with EA211 adjuster and engine valve as well as a gearbox exhibition with a DQ200 valve block.

Nürtingen Tech Center Opening


In the past few months, the Nürtingen site has been expanded to become the tech center for the entire Hilite Group. Hilite has invested approx. EUR 3 million in renovation and modernization work on the building.

The grand opening was held on September 18, 2014 and attended by customers, suppliers, and business partners. Visitors had the opportunity to learn more about engine and transmission system development, preliminary development, manufacturing, and process engineering in a variety of specialist presentations. There were tours of the modernized building and the new testing facilities, and guests particularly enjoyed the opportunity to speak to on-site experts in person.

The premises in the greater Stuttgart area provide Hilite with the infrastructure it needs as an innovative automotive supplier. A space of 4,000 m² has been used to create a modern development center with around 200 employees, including 160 developers. More positions are planned.

The new Tech Center is equipped with:

  • A Sample Center – for assembling prototypes under clean-room conditions
  • Process Engineering – for developing series-intend assembly and testing processes even for samples
  • Test Facility – for validating components and modules
  • Application Engineering – for functional development and testing in a system-similar environment
  • Return Part Analysis – for diagnosing customer returned samples

The new tech center will enable Hilite to respond more quickly and flexibly to the requirements of its business partners and to develop excellent products in the future.

Health and family day at the Nürtingen site


The health and family day for Hilite employees was held on September 19, 2014, following the opening celebration for the Nürtingen tech center on September 18.

From 8 am to 12 noon, there were a number of activities on offer as part of the health day, including Qi Gong classes, training on back health, and mobility exercises for the workplace. Relaxing neck massages were available, and there was also an information booth from the BKK health insurance company along with vaccination consultations.

From 12 noon, employees’ family members and friends were invited to take part in the family day.

With grilled specialties, freshly-made smoothies from the juice bar, and cotton candy, the employees and their visitors greatly enjoyed the lovely afternoon. Children were able to play on a bouncy castle, and the adults were able to show off their sporting prowess with sumo wrestling. Tours of the building allowed family members to see where Mommy or Daddy work. “Human Soccer” was a particular highlight of the afternoon, with many teams facing off against each other.

Hilite at the apprenticeship exchange in Buchen


The apprenticeship exchange held by vocational training workshop Buchen (ÜAB) on July 5, 2014 attracted more than 800 visitors. It allowed young people to find out about a variety of apprenticed trades and gain an insight into working life.

44 companies participated in this year’s exhibition – including Hilite Germany from Seckach, which presented itself as an attractive training provider and employer. Not only were the young people able to interview the instructors from Hilite, they also had a chance to talk to several of the company’s apprentices.

Hilite Germany trains industrial mechanics and mechatronics technicians in Seckach. During the first year of their apprenticeship, the trainees are based entirely at the training workshop – from the second year onwards, training takes place in-house at Hilite. Industrial mechanics will work in the training workshop, mechatronics technicians in the maintenance department. Training takes three / three and a half years.

Hilite is currently training 6 apprentices in Seckach. Two further industrial mechanics trainees will start on September 1, 2014.

Prospective apprentices for 2015 are welcome to contact Nadine Pregitzer (nadine [DOT] pregitzer [AT] hilite [DOT] com).

VDI Drivetrain Congress in Friedrichshafen


The VDI Drivetrain Congress in Friedrichshafen, Germany, which took place on 24 and 25 June 2014 once again broke all visitor records with 1,250 people in attendance.

The industry meet-up not only offers participants specialist lectures and the adjoining specialist trade show, but also the opportunity to establish new contacts and discuss the potential of modern gearboxes for optimizing efficiency.

The focus of the event was the legal requirement that CO2 emissions may not exceed 95 grams as of 2021. Starting 2025, the limit values for CO2 emissions will be around 68 – 78 grams.  The question on the lips of all the participants was how to achieve these target values and which measures and technologies will be necessary in the future.

Audi presented the first transmission type of the new S-Tronic construction kit with the DL382-7F dual-clutch gearbox. Hilite developed and supplies the transmission valves for this mechanism.

This dual-clutch transmission maximizes efficiency, reduces fuel consumption, and so decreases CO2 emissions.

This was the first year in which Hilite was present as an exhibitor. The trade stand received a lot of visitors and the event was an overriding success for Hilite. We have already confirmed our participation for next year.

Hilite International at the Vienna Motor Symposium 2014


More than 1000 visitors attended the 35th Vienna Motor Symposium, which took place on 8 and 9 May 2014 at the Hofburg Palace in the Austrian capital.

Hilite was also represented with an exhibition stand at this year's event, where it was presenting its new exhibits: an engine exhibit with EA211 adjuster and engine valve as well as a gearbox exhibition with DQ200 valves. Visitors also had the opportunity to get information about the new Flowtronic™ valve.

Efficiency and downsizing were the central themes of the symposium. The EU6 emission standard was the subject of particular attention. Hilite seems to be very well equipped to meet future requirements in this department.

VW, BMW, and PSA were showcasing their new 3-cylinder engines, which, compared with earlier generations, not only reduce consumption but also improve driveability. There was also an insight into the next generation of 4 and 6-cylinder engines.

Audi was presenting the new S-Tronic 7-speed sequential gearbox, which sets new standards in the field of dual-clutch transmission. Hilite is proud to be able to support Audi in the development of the transmission valves and supply the series.

Vocational Training at Hilite Germany


Once again, 4 apprentices at Hilite completed their vocational training with excellent scores at the end of last year’s winter semester. Congratulations to Jana Taupp and Philipp Runde (industrial clerks), and Alex Gunt and Pascal Schindewolf (industrial mechanics)!  Philipp Runde was also awarded a prize from the Main-Spessart Vocational School Support Association. Hilite extends its heartfelt congratulations to the junior employees for their excellent performance, all of whom will be staying on board and receiving employment contracts.

Hilite is currently training 8 apprentices in the vocational fields of industrial management, mechatronics and industrial mechanics. 5 new apprentices will start their vocational training at Hilite in September. Vocational training as an IT specialist for system integration is also expected to be offered in the coming training year.

In additional to vocational training in traditional apprenticeship fields, Hilite also offers a wide range of options for university students. The company offers numerous positions for internships, pre-study internships and practical semesters as well as for dual-study program participants.

Intelligent control with integrated magnet control unit


Hilite has worked together with Melecs from Vienna to develop the Flowtronic™ valve, which was presented last December at the CTI in Berlin.

The name Flowtronic™ covers a entire family of valves for which the control electronics are integrated into a magnet. This means that the functionality of the valve control unit is represented by a chip in the magnet. The valve can thereby be directly connected to the CAN bus in the vehicle. Because there is an entire family of valves, the different valve functions can be represented by adapting the corresponding hydraulic components on the magnet.

Flowtronic™ can be used anywhere that precise valve functions requires, and the valves are therefore controlled with an external control unit. The Flowtronic valves can be used without these external control units.

The control signal for a valve consists of a current signal with an overlapping dither frequency and adjusted amplitudes. The control signal is calculated and output on the basis of different framework conditions like pressure or flow rate requirements, temperature, oil temperature, torque, or acceleration. As a result, the quality of the control signal is only as good as the electronics and software in the control unit.

In the past, Hilite had no influence on the quality of the external control unit and the software stored on it, however the quality of the valves in the system were very closely specified. With the integrated control electronics in the Flowtronic™ magnet valve, it is now possible to have direct influence on the quality of the electronic elements and software in use. The integrated control can be specially adapted and coordinated for each valve. By contrast, an external control unit is a universal electronic device “off the shelf” that has to deal with as many valves and components as possible from different manufacturers, making it a compromise solution.

With Flowtronic™, Hilite is able to offer the ideally coordinated valve with control electronics to every customer inquiring about sample valves, whether they already have experience with proportional valves or not.  The assessment of the valve quality no longer depends on an unknown and unadjusted controller, and the customer gets to know the quality of the Hilite valve right from the start. 

Hilite China celebrates Annual Party


On 16th January 2014 the Chinese Hilite employees celebrated the annual party with more than 160 participants in Changshu.

After the traditional Chinese Lion Dance the Changshu management shared some inspiring information about the great progress made in 2013 and the expectations for the future.

The turnover of Hilite Changshu was 330 million RMB and Hilite will nearly double this figure in 2014.
1.147.000 DQ200 units and 450.000 FAM B Phaser have been produced in the last year. Various line installations have been completed just recently successfully: The Magneti Marelli Clip-filter assembly line, the Magneti Marelli assembly line, the EA211 OCV assembly line and the EA211 phaser assembly line.

Hilite China is looking forward to the upcoming year with confidence.

One special moment was the award-giving ceremony for the Hilite Changshu. Eight employees from different departments won the honor of “the Best Employee of 2013”. With the highest honor “Star of the year 2013” has Mr. Ben Wu from Manufacturing Engineering been awarded. Congratulations to all award winners.

Hilite always takes the social responsibility as part of its business and therefore invited the kids and teachers from the local orphanage to join the party as special guests. Hilite is proud to make donations periodically since 2011 to this institution.

Everyone enjoyed the annual party. 2014 – the year of the horse – will be an exciting year for Hilite.

The children's eyes were alight at the St. Nicholas School in Marktheidenfeld


For the third year in a row, the Altfeld automotive supplier Hilite Germany GmbH presented generously filled bags of gifts to the children of the St. Nicholas Special Needs Center.

Anja Bender and Martina Dosch from the personnel department as well as works council Chairman Karl Rüppel , District Administrator and Chairman for Assistance in Everyday Life Armin Grein, and School Principal Martin Gramlich paid a visit to all the classes, from the inclusive preschool all the way through to the trade school level.

Karl Rüppel told the children a tale of how St. Nicholas' little helpers had been in Altfeld the previous evening in order to drop off bags of gifts at Hilite for the children. Since it had been so very stormy on this particular evening, one of the helpers had lost a wing. Mr. Rüppel brought this wing along to the school on the morning of St. Nicholas' Day in order to show it to the children. The children and youths were quite astounded and were excited about the visit and gifts. A few of the classes showed their appreciation with a little Christmas carol.

Martin Gramlich and Armin Grein have welcomed the fact that these yearly St. Nicholas visits have become a tradition. For Hilite Germany, it goes without saying that the company will get involved in its community.  The Hilite delegation looks forward to seeing the children's eyes light up every year.

In the meantime, St. Nicholas' little helper has already been by to retrieve his angel wing. 

Hilite Germany Attends the Aachen Colloquium


The 22nd Aachen Colloquium "Automobile and Engine Technology" took place on October 7th-9th, 2013. The event has ultimately become the largest automotive and engine technology congress in Europe.

The main themes of this year's colloquium were, in addition to electronic and CNG applications in motors, the transmission applications AT and DCT and their integration into the hybrid strategy.

Hilite also attended the colloquium with a delegation from the sales and development department with the goal of attending several specialty lectures and making use of the opportunity to conduct discussions with decision-makers from across the industry and our company’s market companions.

The colloquium was accompanied once again by a trade exhibition with renowned automobile manufacturers and suppliers. Hilite is already very excited about visiting the event again next year, where it plans on also being one of the exhibitors.

Hilite secures follow-up order


On August 27th, 2013, Hilite was awarded the exhaust VVT hardware for a high volume V6 application with a major OEM in North America. The program is scheduled to start series production in the summer of 2015.

This business is the successor to a program in current production at Hilite, and will continue to be produced in the North American facilities in Carrollton, Texas (cam phasers) and Whitehall, Michigan (oil control valves and actuators). Engineering development support will be provided from the R&D center in Orion, Michigan.

This application represents the latest in cam phasing technology, and Hilite is proud to continue the strong support of our customer on their next generation engine systems.

Start of the New Training Year


A key component of personnel development at Hilite Germany is the training of qualified specialists.

Four of our trainees successfully passed their exams this summer.

Christina Hauk (Industrial Clerk) and Daniel Göhring and Nico Weißgerber (Industrial Mechanics) all passed their training courses with flying colors.

Jonas Auer, who initially trained as an Industrial Mechanic with Hilite and has now retrained with the company as a Mechatronics Engineer, also achieved excellent results.

All four trainees have been offered a permanent contract with Hilite, and we'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate them on their success.

On September 1, 2013, five new trainees will embark on their careers at Hilite.

In Seckach, Benedikt Eller and Marius Teuchmann will start their training as Industrial Mechanics.

Kevin Schwab and Tina Wingenfeld will train as Industrial Clerks at our Marktheidenfeld site.

Also in Marktheidenfeld, Ingrid Herdt will train as a Mechatronics Engineer, and be the very first person to do so at this site. Ingrid's basic training will be undertaken at the corporate training center at Braun (P&G).

In total, Hilite will be training 12 young people in the professions of Industrial Clerk, Industrial Mechanic, and Mechatronics Engineer.

For the training year commencing September 1, 2014, the introduction of an IT Specialist – System Integration training course is also planned. Interested candidates should contact Nadine Pregitzer in the HR department in Marktheidenfeld (nadine [DOT] pregitzer [AT] hilite [DOT] com).

Hilite would like to wish all its trainees all the very best for a successful and enjoyable training year!

Hilite visits the VDI conference “Transmissions in Vehicles”


On June 18 and 19, 2013, the 13th international VDI conference “Transmissions in Vehicles” took place in Friedrichshafen. The event was accompanied by a trade exhibition of well-known companies from the transmission sector.

According to the VDI, a new attendance record was set with over 1,100 visitors. This once again confirmed the event’s reputation as one of the most important of its segment and it also managed to impress with a comprehensive technical program.

The central theme of the event was the optimization of conventional transmissions and hybrid drives, with the aim of achieving the emissions limits specified for 2020. In the area of transmissions, there were lectures focusing on gear spreading and the number of gears. Several contributors explained how different OEMs have solved the challenges of the transmission market and have thus contributed to reducing CO2 emissions.

Hilite was represented by a small team who visited the Conference. This meant that they were able to compare notes with representatives from different OEMs: i.e. discover what trends can be expected, which technologies will be used, where opportunities for Hilite can be found and how Hilite can support its customers in the future.

Since the event is rated highly by trade exhibitors, exhibition space is in great demand and sells out quickly. It is therefore great news that next year Hilite will be represented for the first time with an exhibition booth. This marks another step by the company to strengthen its position in the DCT sector and gain a foothold in the AT business.

Hilite International won 2013 Chrysler Supplier of the year award


Chrysler Group LLC honored its top-performing suppliers during the company’s 2013 Annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Ceremony held on June 5th 2013 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. As one of three finalists for Powertrain Supplier of the Year, Hilite was given four seats at the front of the stage, along with the finalists in each of the 17 categories.

More than 2,500 global supplier executives attended the event. In addition to the awards ceremony, Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA purchasing leadership reviewed their strategy for the future and expectations of suppliers. A key message was their gratitude for the support from the supply base, especially those companies nominated for an award.

Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne served as the keynote speaker and thanked the suppliers for the role they played in the company’s journey: “Chrysler could not have reclaimed its future without your unwavering support and crucial contributions of intelligence and vision”.

And Scott Kunselman, Senior Vice President said: “Chrysler Group suppliers need to be nimble, innovative and, above all else, focused on the quality of the parts and services they are providing us. The suppliers we are honoring today have proven themselves to be motivated, capable and excited to be on the Chrysler team. They are critical to our success in delivering our customers the best cars and trucks in the world.”

Of course the Hilite representatives where very pleased to hear Hilite called as award winner for the category Powertrain. Fred Solomon, Director of Purchasing for Powertrain called Karl Hammer, CEO Hilite International, Mike Bush, Vice President of Operation Dallas, Tom Buckingham, Vice President of Operations Whitehall, and Chris Baker, Director Sales & Marketing North America, onto the stage and presented them with the Chrysler Group supplier of the Year award.

Award recipients were determined based on an evaluation of each company’s External Balanced Scorecard performance in 2012—a rating system that evaluates supplier performance in areas such as quality, delivery, cost, warranty and partnership—and input from Chrysler Group senior leadership.
After the award presentations were concluded, the award winners and finalists were invited to a VIP lunch with the Chrysler executives that were present. This provided the Hilite representatives the opportunity to thank Fred Solomon and Scott Kunselman for the selection as the award winners.

Hilite produces Pentastar engine VVT components and solenoid valve for W5A580 transmission for Chrysler.

Hilite International as exhibitor at the 2013 Vienna Motor Symposium


The 34th International Vienna Motor Symposium on 25 and 26 April, 2013 was dedicated to sustainable mobility. First-class lectures and intensive discussion on the future of the automobile and the associated challenges for engine development were the primary focus in the Vienna Hofburg.

Numerous presentations showed how the various OEMs and service providers intend shaping the future and how they plan to meet the market’s future challenges. Featuring high-calibre speakers, the event once more lived up to its reputation. Efficient mobility, drive technology, charging, fuel injection and exhaust aftertreatment were just some of the topics under discussion.

Mr. Martin Winterkorn (CEO of Volkswagen AG) presented a view of future aggregate technologies with the spotlight on the development of a high-performance diesel motor with a specific power output of 100 kW and a new 10-gear dual-clutch transmission designed to reduce consumption even further. Furthermore, VW sees major potential in alternative power units, particularly plug-in hybrids. These developments should help reduce the carbon emissions of the new car fleet in Europe to 95 g CO2/km by 2020.

At its exhibition stand, Hilite was able to present its products and services to the highly-interested specialist public. Visitors had the opportunity to test the multi-channel valve on a demonstrator or have the new mid-lock system explained in more detail.

The many discussions with the symposiums participants confirmed that Hilite is making a significant contribution to achieving emission and consumption reduction targets and to successfully mastering the associated challenges. They distinctly indicated that Hilite is right on track and has positioned itself securely in the global market of the automobile industry. The event also showed clearly that the combustion engine will continue to be the central drive technology.

Hilite supplies to VW for the XL1


Hilite Germany supplies the compact camphaser for the Plug-In Hybrid car XL1 to VW. The vehicle was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The fuel consumption of the vehicle, according to VW, lies below 0.9 litres/100 km. Among other measures undertaken to achieve this target was a reduction of the weight – the XL1 weighs just 795 kg. This is where the Hilite camphaser comes into effect. The exhaust valve camphaser and the exhaust valve for the Golf weigh approximately 1,459 g, whilst the compact camphaser and the valve together make up only 811 g.
Besides the weight, the size of the camphaser is decisive. Due to its compact design, it was possible to incorporate a high-pressure pump next to the camphaser. This common-rail pump feeds the fuel at high pressure into the combustion chamber. Consequently, both consumption and emissions were reduced whilst the power of the engine was increased. For Hilite, this means the first application of a camphaser in a diesel engine. Hilite is proud to be involved in the development of the XL1.

Successful business year 2012


Hilite International had a sucessful year in 2012. The global total revenue was 387,6 million Euros. In 2012 we build and delivered to our customers 8.2 million camphaser systems, 5.3 million diesel valves, more than 1.3 million DCT modules and 0,8 million clutch modules.

We will continue to grow globally in 2013 and expand our product portfolio with components for automatic transmission.