Lear Corporation has announced the expansion of its automotive seating structures manufacturing facility in Valenca, Portugal.

Peter Hagemann, Lear's vice president for European structures operations, will welcome Ana Lehmann, Portugal's secretary of state of industry, to join the Lear Valenca team for an official ceremony to unveil a plaque inaugurating the plant's new phase.

Lear extended its production space by more than 11,000 sqm and office space by 1200 sqm, resulting in total area for production of more than 20,600 sqm and total office space of 2000 sqm.

"We're pleased to be able to expand our operations to better serve our customers, which will optimise our ability to deliver our world-class products," said Frank Orsini, executive vice president of Lear Corporation and president of Lear's seating business. "The Valenca facility will feature increased state of the art technology in alignment with our commitment to operational excellence."

Lear Valenca produces seating components and structural chassis components and performs welding, painting and assembly for major European automotive manufacturers and produces seats for Lear's just-in-time assembly plant in Vigo, Spain. The Portuguese facility employs 300 people and anticipates adding personnel in the future due to Lear's increased business growth in the area.

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