Automotive Lighting was set up in 1999 as a 50-50 joint venture between Germany's Bosch and Italy's Magneti Marelli. Magneti Marelli's stake was boosted to 70 percent when Seima - an Italian rear and signal lighting supplier - was incorporated into the business. Magneti Marelli acquired Seima for E160 million at the end of 1999.
Automotive Lighting's total revenue in 2001 was E1.04 billion.
In Europe, Automotive Lighting has a 24 percent share of the front lighting market, and 32 percent of rear lighting. Its biggest customer is General Motors/Opel, with 17 percent of sales.
Automotive Lighting will supply dynamic adaptive front lighting for the new BMW 3 series cabriolet this year.