Faurecia has added to its TechCentre in Brières-les-Scellés (France) with the inclusion of CoverTech, a new expertise facility for automotive seat covers.

CoverTech aims to work in the technologies and processes used to design, cut, sew and assemble automotive seat covers across all Faurecia development and production sites worldwide.

It brings together a team specialising in industrial processes and pilot equipment, which will select industrial solutions and incorporate standards regarding perceived quality of complete seat systems.

The new CoverTech facility will benefit from its proximity to the seat design studio – which works with automakers to explore new trends – along with a range of simulation and testing resources available at the site.

Its launch follows the creation of two other expertise centres in Brières-les-Scellés: FrameTech for seat frames in 2011 and e-Lab for seat electronics in 2012.

One example of innovation has been Cover Carving Technology (CCT), which applies to seat covers using customisation, as well as front seat backs.

The Faurecia-patented technology has been adopted by Renault for the Talisman sedan and station wagon, offering 3cm of extra knee room for rear passengers.

“Our conventional seat cover business is on the verge of a major transformation that stems from digitising the process of designing, industrialising and manufacturing,” said Faurecia Automotive Seating VP Comfort & Trim, Jean-Luc Tété

“It is driven by a market that demands enhanced seat solutions. CoverTech gives us the means to strengthen our position in three areas: perceived quality, affordable innovation and well-being on board.”