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– Features non-hygroscopic formula, UV leak detection agent, and exclusive warranty –

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New Behr Hella PAO-Oil 68 Plus UV compressor oil is guaranteed on all types of A/C systems and includes a UV leak detection agent.

Peachtree City, GA... Behr Hella Service, a North American joint venture in the Thermal Management business between Behr and Hella, has just introduced a versatile, non-hygroscopic A/C compressor oil that works in all types of mobile A/C systems and features a leak detection agent. The new universal synthetic oil, PAO-Oil 68 Plus UV, is available from Hella, Inc., the North American aftermarket subsidiary of automotive lighting and electronics supplier Hella.

The suitability of Behr Hella PAO-Oil 68 Plus UV for all types of A/C systems eliminates the need to stock different oils in order to meet various application requirements. This multi-grade oil is designed to deliver a higher level of performance in passenger cars, vans, and trucks, as well as agricultural and construction equipment. The oil’s leak detection ingredient is a concentrated, highly effective UV dye that does not affect the oil’s performance characteristics. It is very advantageous for service providers and fleet owners/managers because it eliminates the need to purchase and add a leak detection chemical during the A/C service. The ability to cover lubrication and leak detection in a single step saves both time and money.

The PAO-Oils from Behr Hella Service are non-hygroscopic, so they do not absorb moisture. This allows for storage for long periods after opening. Furthermore, they are compatible with other lubricants and reduce the noise level of the compressor. The exceptional lubricating properties and reduced friction capabilities of PAO-Oil 68 Plus UV help it to clearly outperform other oils. Mobile A/C systems treated with PAO-Oil 68 Plus UV deliver a higher level of cooling performance with lower energy expenditure, and perform reliably at operating temperatures between -91°F (-68°C) and 599°F (315°C).

The molecules in PAO-Oil 68 Plus UV oil are engineered to attach themselves to all metallic surfaces in the air-conditioning system, displace other molecules (such as oils, dirt), and form a thin oil film on the surface of the system’s components. “Since the PAO-Oil molecules join other molecules, this oil film is virtually just one molecule thick,“ explains Friedrich Danke, Behr Hella Service’s Thermal Management expert. “In contrast to many other oils, there is no danger of oil accumulation in the evaporator and related reduction in cooling performance.”

Exclusive warranty
Hella and Behr Hella Service offer an exclusive warranty to its PAO Oil customers. If in the event that a compressor becomes defective because of Behr Hella Service PAO-Oil, all parts costs (new compressor) and labor costs (removal and replacement of compressor) are covered by Behr Hella Service. For more information, visit

About Behr Hella Service
Behr Hella Service is a North American joint venture between Behr, a specialist for vehicle air conditioning and engine cooling, and Hella a specialist for components and systems for lighting technology and electronics. The company was launched in April 2007 to serve the worldwide independent aftermarket for vehicle air conditioning and engine cooling. The joint venture, of which Behr and Hella each have a 50% share, combines the Behr Service activities for the independent aftermarket and the air conditioning business of the Hella aftermarket organization. The combination of Hella’s worldwide sales organization with Behr’s product know-how is a natural progression of the already existing cooperation between Behr and Hella in the field of climate control and front-end modules.

About Hella, Inc.
Hella, Inc., located in suburban Atlanta, GA, is the North American aftermarket sales and distribution headquarters for Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. Hella, Inc. provides world-class aftermarket and special OE support to automotive, marine, and heavy-duty accounts in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.

About the Behr Group
Behr GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart, is a system partner to the international automotive industry. The company group specializes in vehicle air conditioning and engine cooling systems and is one of the leading OE suppliers in the world for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles. In fiscal year 2004, sales were around 3 billion EUR. Behr currently employs about 18,000 people in ten development and 30 production facilities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and South Africa. As a 100% subsidiary of Behr GmbH & Co. KG, Behr Service is responsible for the worldwide spare parts business of the Behr Group on the OES market. In 2004, Behr Service achieved sales of 254 million EUR worldwide, including business on the independent aftermarket. Outside Europe, Behr Service is represented in Asia, North America, South America and South Africa.

About Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
With its corporate headquarters in Lippstadt, Germany, the automotive supplier develops and produces lighting and electronics components and systems for the automotive industry. In addition, complete vehicle modules, air conditioning systems and vehicle electric systems are produced in joint venture companies. Hella has one of the largest aftermarket organizations worldwide for automotive parts and accessories, with its own sales companies and partners in more than 100 countries. The consolidated sales of the Hella Group are approximately $3.9 billion. Hella is one of the 100 largest German industrial companies. 24,000 people are employed in 65 plants, production companies, subsidiaries and joint ventures worldwide. More than 2,900 engineers and technicians work in Research and Development. Customers include all leading automakers and systems manufacturers as well as the automotive aftermarket. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:

Julie Ledbetter, Hella, Inc. (877) 22-Hella

Tony Barolin, Barolin & Spencer, Inc. (856) 424-7600