In a WardsAuto Q&A, the new president of HBPO North America discusses what goes into a vehicle’s front end these days. Steve Finlay reports.

Diana Mannino has spent about 30 years in the auto industry, including an early job at the General Motors Technology Centre in her hometown of Warren, MI, a Motor City suburb.

In January, she became president of HBPO North America, a unit of Germany-based HBPO that produces front-end vehicle modules. She joined the supplier in 2015 as a financial director.

The company is a joint venture involving suppliers Mahle Behr, Hella and Plastic Omnium. The company produces about five million front-end modules annually.

HBPO operates 25 manufacturing facilities and eight technical centers around the world. An engineering center and the North American headquarters are in Troy, MI.

Plants in North America consist of one in Canada and three in Mexico, where two more will open this year. HBPO was among the exhibitors at Automobili-D, an event intended to highlight new and future automotive technology. It was held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show here.

The HBPO display includes a model of the Chrysler Pacifica’s HBPO-built front end. Key components include an engine cooling system, crash bumper and headlamps. Front end modules typically include wire harnesses, horns, sensors and, increasingly, safety components. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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