Lear has opened its new leather cutting plant in Szolnok, Hungary in a US$20m move, which doubles the production space available to 16,000 square metres.

As part of the Eagle Ottawa division of Lear, it supplies leather parts to many premium automotive manufacturers in Europe. Both plants combined employ more than 2,000 people and is the largest private employer in the region.

“As the global leader in automotive performance and luxury seating, Lear continues to build upon our capabilities and emphasis on craftsmanship,” said Lear EVP and seating president, Ray Scott.

“With our continued growth, we are pleased to invest and expand our production capacity in Szolnok, Hungary.

Eagle Ottawa designs, engineers and manufactures leather solutions for all automotive interior applications and vehicle market segments.

Its leather capabilities include design, research & development, product validation and manufacturing (finishing, cutting and sewing).

With completion in January, 2015 of the acquisition of Eagle Ottawa, Lear Corporation says it is the world’s leading supplier of premium automotive leather.

Lear serves every major automaker in the world and its content can be found on more than 350 vehicle nameplates.