Ficosa said it had won a contract with a major European car manufacturer (OEM) to produce a system composed of the backrest suspension mat and the cushion mat with electromechanical lumbar adjustment.

The order will be produced at Fico Cables, Ficosa's facility in Porto (Portugal), and manufacturing will start in early 2018.

This is the first time in its history that Ficosa has developed and supplied an electronic lumbar adjustment system, which is a solution that allows for automatic regulation of the lower-back support in the seat in order to improve comfort and reduce fatigue while driving. Ignasi Castelló, director of the door and seat systems unit, said: "We are very proud to have won this order because it not only reinforces our extensive experience in developing seat systems but also allows us to take a step forward and expand our portfolio of solutions with an innovative product."

Founded in 1972, Fico Cables was the first plant that Ficosa opened beyond Spain's borders, being a pioneer in Spain in starting the internationalisation process. Since then, this factory has been growing in business volume and product range to establish itself as the group's global centre of excellence and operational base for doors and seat systems. The factory, which has a production plant and R&D centre, also supplies cables to the main car manufacturers.