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THE WEEK: Flint down but not out by any means

7 August 2015

Whenever I hear the word Flint I always think of a certain Michael Moore, native of that Michigan city, and his movie Roger & Me about the closure of a vast swathe of factories that once made up General Motors' Buick City.


Lear and Dräxlmaier on auto wiring harness trends

3 August 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham talks to executives at Lear Corp and Dräxlmaier Group about some trends in the wiring harness sector.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Bank holiday and election fever

8 May 2015

A short week for us due to the first (of two) bank holidays has ended in a surprise majority win for the Conservatives overnight (along with the virtual elimination of Labour from parliamentary seats in Scotland) and we look forward to one party rather than (compromised) coalition rule for the UK. I doubt the autobiz has any problem with that.


RESEARCH ANALYSIS: Review of vehicle seating

27 April 2015

Car seats are becoming lighter by as much as 50 percent. This paradox is achieved through novel designs’ using new materials, foams and assembly mechanisms writes Matthew Beecham.

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Honeywell's aerospace learning for connected cars

19 September 2017

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA Calum MacRae met with Cristina Segal, VP for connected vehicles at Honeywell. Segal joined Honeywell from Intel, where she was the strategy leader in automotive for Intel's Wind River business.


Lear Corp VP on designing wire harnesses

5 May 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Bill Presley, Vice President Engineering, Wire/Terminals & Connectors, Lear Corp about the forces pushing innovation in the automotive wiring harness industry as well as some alternatives to traditional wiring.


Q&A with Mentor Graphics

18 September 2014

Mentor Graphics is a major supplier of software tools that help engineers design electronic systems and components. Headquartered in Oregon, US, Mentor generates annual revenues of some US$1bn. Its tools are involved in the design of almost every electronic gadget you can think of. To find out about its automotive business, Matthew Beecham spoke to Martin O’Brien, General Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division Mentor Graphics.


Q&A with Lear Corporation: Vehicle seating

10 May 2013

Back in the 1970s, a car seat was a functional component with few or no added value features. Nowadays, with drivers spending more time in their car on longer commutes, they expect a comfortable ride. Matthew Beecham caught up with three top executives of Lear Corp to hear how the seat has become an integral part of the car’s overall design and appeal in the showroom. Here, Ryan Burns, Lear’s Vice President of Global Seat Engineering led the discussion with contributions from Karl Henn, Director of Seating Engineering and R&D and Mandy Sarotte, Vice President of Global Trim Sales.

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Lear breaks ground for new seat facility in Flint

3 October 2017

Lear has broken ground on a new seat manufacturing facility on the former site of the Buick City complex in Flint, Michigan.


Honeywell and Lear collaborate on cybersecurity

12 September 2017

Honeywell and Lear announced at Frankfurt they are collaborating to provide automotive software technology and infrastructure to address threats associated with emerging connected and autonomous vehicle development.


Lear to build new seat factory in Michigan

24 August 2017

Lear has confirmed plans to construct a new seat manufacturing facility in Flint, Michigan at the former site of the Buick City administration building, eventually creating 600 jobs.


Lear Q2 profit up 10% to US$312m

27 July 2017

Lear has unveiled second-quarter net income up 10% to US$312m with sales rising 8% to US$5.1bn.


just-auto Plus only Lear breaks ground for new Asia HQ in China

9 May 2017

Lear Corporation a leading global supplier of automotive Seating and Electrical systems, recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its future Asia headquarters and technical centre located in the Yangpu District of Shanghai, China. Construction of the...


Lear completes Grupo Antolin auto seating buy

28 April 2017

Lear Corporation announced the completion of its acquisition of Grupo Antolin's automotive seating business.


Lear announces record Q1 results

26 April 2017

Lear, the automotive seating and electrical systems supplier, has announced record sales and profits for the first quarter of 2017.


EC clears Lear buy of Antolin seats business

13 April 2017

Officials at the European Commission (EC) have approved the acquisition by Lear of the seats and metal business of Grupo Antolín-Irausa through the EU Merger Regulation.


Wyoming teams with Lear for road-side technology

21 March 2017

Lear has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) as its partner to supply vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure Road Side and On-Board Units.   The supplier has in-house capabilities, augmented by its 2015 acquisition of Arada Systems, for vehicle electrical systems required to connect vehicles to other vehicles and to roadside infrastructure, including hardware, software and cybersecurity.  Lear has deployed road-side equipment in more than 20 locations across eight States and in five countries. Wyoming is one of the US Department of Transportation's pilot sites for connected vehicles, with a focus on trucking and highway driving in adverse weather conditions.  In addition to supplying all related safety applications to the pilot programme, Lear's E-Systems will supply its Locomate Roadstar product with features such as Dedicated Short-Range Communications, high-precision GPS, Wi-Fi, Security and more.  Designed to withstand harsh environments, the Locomate Roadstar is the next generation of the product from Lear's automotive connectivity portfolio.  "Lear is pleased to showcase our expertise with both in-vehicle and roadside infrastructure capabilities as well as our commitment to work closely with States such as Wyoming in order to provide vehicle connectivity solutions," said Lear SVP and E-Systems business segment president, Frank Orsini. "Our E-Systems team is focused on delivering innovations for automotive connectivity platforms, and our industry-leading vehicle connectivity product offering is the result of our global engineering talent bringing leading products to market." Lear was founded in Detroit in 1917 as American Metal Products, with the company celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.


just-auto Plus only Auto-ISAC includes OEM suppliers as members

24 February 2017

The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (Auto-ISAC) welcomes Bosch, Cooper Standard, Honeywell, Hyundai Mobis, Lear Corporation, LG Electronics and NXP Semiconductors as original equipment supplier members. The inclusion of these companies...


Lear to buy Grupo Antolin seating for EUR286m

6 February 2017

Lear has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Grupo Antolin's automotive seating business for EUR286m (US$307m).


just-auto Plus only Lear sales up 2% at US$18.6bn in 2016

27 January 2017

Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2016. Highlights include: Fourth Quarter 2016 Sales of US$4.6bn, down 2% from a year...


Lear enjoys a good year

26 January 2017

Seat and electrical systems supplier Lear Corporation said fourth quarter (Q4) sales were down 2% year on year to $4.6bn, down 2% from a year ago. Net income of $230m and adjusted net income of $270m compared with $235m and $245m in 2015.


just-auto Plus only Lear introduces Crafted by Lear team

5 December 2016

Lear Corporation, the leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, on 1 December 2016 introduced Crafted by Lear, a dedicated team offering advanced development solutions to create differentiated design for next generation...


just-auto Plus only Lear Corporation net income up 18% in Q3 2016

27 October 2016

Lear Corporation a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, on 26 October 2016 reported record financial results for the third quarter of 2016.  Highlights include: Record sales of US$4.5bn, reflecting continued growth in...


just-auto Plus only Lear inaugurates new Innovation Centre in Detroit

19 October 2016

Lear Corporation a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, opened a world-class Innovation Centre on 18 October 2016, in downtown Detroit located at 119 State Street in historic Capitol Park. At this Centre, Lear plans to...


Lear takes stake in seat heating/cooling supplier

9 September 2016

Automotive seating and electrical systems supplier Lear Corporation said it had entered into a strategic partnership with Tempronics, obtaining a minority equity stake, and also secured exclusive rights to its thermoelectric seat heating and cooling technology for automotive applications.


Lear appoints cyber security vice president

25 August 2016

Lear Corporation has announced that Dr. André Weimerskirch has been appointed vice president, cyber security for e-systems, effective immediately. The announcement comes as cyber-security is emerging as a major challenge for the auto industry as connectivity systems in the vehicles proliferate.


Lear to build leather processing plant in China

24 August 2016

Seating, leather and electrical systems supplier Lear has signed an investment agreement with the Administrative Commission of Yangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone to construct a premium leather processing plant in Yangzhou, China.


Lear renames Electrical business as E-Systems

11 August 2016

Lear is to rename its Electrical business segment as E-Systems, which it maintains is to reflect increasing complexity of automotive electrical systems and the supplier's expanded electrical architecture and vehicle connectivity capabilities.


OEMs to beware "cultural imperialism" in China

10 August 2016

Overseas companies should be wary of establishing "cultural imperialism" in China says one prominent ex-auto CEO, as the drive to consolidating the plethora of automotive OEMs in the country looks to gather momentum.


just-auto Plus only Lear electrical business segment renamed

10 August 2016

Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, on 9 August 2016, announced that it is renaming its electrical business segment as the "E-Systems" business segment. This name change is intended to reflect the...


just-auto Plus only Qualcomm/Lear sign commercial WEVC systems deal

28 July 2016

Qualcomm Incorporated and Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, on 27 July 2016, announced that they have entered into a wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) license agreement. Lear will be including...


Chinese auto industry consolidation "unavoidable"

9 June 2016

Consolidation among China's myriad automakers will be "unavoidable" as a way to combat the inevitable slowdown in previously extremely strong growth rates, according to suppliers Lear and Dana.


just-auto Plus only Lear Asia-Pacific regional HQ to be constructed in Shanghai

8 June 2016

Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, signed an agreement on 6 June, 2016, to construct a modern new and expanded Asia-Pacific regional headquarters and technology complex located in the Yangpu District of...


Volkswagen nominates 55 FAST suppliers

27 May 2016

Volkswagen has nominated a total of 55 partners for 61 fields of competence through its 'Volkswagen Future Automotive Supply Tracks' (FAST) initiative.


just-auto Plus only VW Germany nominates 55 strategic technological innovations partners

24 May 2016

Volkswagen has nominated a total of 55 strategic partners for 61 fields of competence under its "Volkswagen future automotive supply tracks" (FAST) initiative. The aim is to jointly implement technological innovations for customers worldwide even...


just-auto Plus only Lear Corporation bags a Ford World Excellence Award for 2015

24 May 2016

Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, on 23 May, 2016, announced that it was recognised by Ford Motor Company as supplier diversity development corporation of the Year for 2015. Lear received the award...


just-auto Plus only Lear US announces quarterly cash dividend

20 May 2016

Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, on 19 May, 2016 announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of US$0.30 per share on the company's common stock. The dividend is...


Lear Q1 net income up from US$147m to US$248m

29 April 2016

Lear has reported first quarter net income soaring from US$147m to US$248m, with sales up US$200m to US$4.7bn.

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Lear breaks ground for new seat facility in Flint

3 October 2017

Lear has broken ground on a new seat manufacturing facility on the former site of the Buick City...


Honeywell's aerospace learning for connected cars

19 September 2017

At the 2017 Frankfurt IAA Calum MacRae met with Cristina Segal, VP for connected vehicles at Hone...


Honeywell and Lear collaborate on cybersecurity

12 September 2017

Honeywell and Lear announced at Frankfurt they are collaborating to provide automotive software t...


Lear to build new seat factory in Michigan

24 August 2017

Lear has confirmed plans to construct a new seat manufacturing facility in Flint, Michigan at the...


Lear Q2 profit up 10% to US$312m

27 July 2017

Lear has unveiled second-quarter net income up 10% to US$312m with sales rising 8% to US$5.1bn....


just-auto Plus only Lear breaks ground for new Asia HQ in China

9 May 2017

Lear Corporation a leading global supplier of automotive Seating and Electrical systems, recently...



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