Hella's activities in China date back to the early 1980s. In 1982 the first Hella delegation visited China to jump-start Hella's involvement in China with license agreements signed. In 1996 Hella founded its first two Joint Ventures in China , in Changchun and Shanghai , to further develop the business in the Chinese market and show Hella's unwavering commitment to China . After ten years the Hella Group today has 9 companies with around 4,000 employees in China to satisfy our customers' demands in this important market. 1982 First Hella-Delegation in China ; 1984-1991 Cooperation and License Agreement for Relays, Horns and Lighting; 1996 Foundation of first two JVs in Changchun and in Shanghai for Auto Lighting; 1999 Foundation of JV for truck market in Changchun and HCN (Trading) for the aftermarket in Shanghai ; 2002 Foundation of HCT in Changchun for Tooling; Foundation of JV HBL in Beijing for SOE; 2003 Foundation of HCDL in Changchun for Develop. Lighting; Foundation of JV BSL in Beijing for Auto Lighting with SamLip; 2004 Foundation of HSDE in Shanghai for Develop. Electronics; Foundation of JV HAE for Relays in Xiamen ; Foundation of HAIS; 2005-2006 Restructuring and re-organizing of Hella business in China : 100% Hella ownership of HCL and HSE; Merger of HCL with HCDL and HSE with HSDE.