Lear Completes Acquisition of Grupo Antolin’s Automotive Seating Business

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, today announced the completion of its acquisition of Grupo Antolin’s automotive seating business.

Grupo Antolin’s seating business has annual sales of approximately €300 million with operations in five countries in Europe and North Africa.  Grupo Antolin’s seating business is comprised of just-in-time seat assembly, seat structures & mechanisms and seat covers, and is well positioned among the largest European automakers, including Daimler, Peugeot Citroen, Renault Nissan and Volkswagen.

The transaction is valued at €286 million on a cash and debt free basis and is forecasted to be accretive to 2017 earnings per share. Lear will update its 2017 financial outlook to include Grupo Antolin’s seating business on July 26th when the Company announces its Second Quarter 2017 financial results.

“The Grupo Antolin seating business is an excellent fit for Lear and is consistent with our strategy to invest in our core business, accelerate our growth and deliver superior value to shareholders,” said Matt Simoncini, Lear’s President and CEO.  “This business has an excellent reputation for quality and customer satisfaction as well as a strong market position in Europe with leading customers,” added Simoncini.

Grupo Antolin’s seating business has an experienced management team, modern facilities and a reputation for lean manufacturing, superior quality and innovation, including high-functionality and light weight seat designs.

“We are very pleased to add Grupo Antolin’s strong capabilities to Lear’s global seating business.  This acquisition will further strengthen and diversify Lear’s seating business, improve the overall value we are able to offer our customers and provide additional opportunities to grow our market share,” concluded Simoncini.

Grupo Antolin’s seating business is headquartered in France and it includes 12 manufacturing facilities, 2 technological centers and 2,273 full-time and contract employees.

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About Lear Corporation

Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) was founded in Detroit in 1917 as American Metal Products.  In 2017, the Company will celebrate its 100thyear anniversary.  Lear is one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive seating systems and electrical distribution systems (E-Systems).  Lear serves every major automaker in the world, and Lear content can be found on more than 400 vehicle nameplates.  Lear’s world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of approximately 150,000 employees located in 37 countries.  Lear currently ranks #154 on the Fortune 500.  Lear’s headquarters are in Southfield, Michigan.  Further information about Lear is available at http://www.lear.com or follow us on Twitter @LearCorporation.

About Grupo Antolin’s Seating Business

Grupo Antolin’s seating business is well positioned among major European automakers, including Peugeot Citroen, Daimler, Renault Nissan and Volkswagen.  The Company has annual sales of approximately €300 million; 12 manufacturing facilities (7 in Spain, 2 in France, 1 in the Czech Republic, 1 in Portugal and 1 in Morocco); 2 technological centers (in France and Spain) and 2,273 full-time and contract employees in 6 countries.  Grupo Antolin’s seating business headquarters is located in France.

SOURCE Lear Corporation

Magna Demonstrates Lightweighting Expertise with Ultralight Door Module

  • Team reimagined a door architecture from scratch
  • Ultralight design achieves 42.5-percent mass savings
  • Applies to 70 percent of the light vehicle marke

DETROIT, MI /CNW/ – Magna International Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and partners FCA US and Grupo Antolin, announced it has developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves the project objective of 42.5 percent mass savings compared to an average current production door. Making the announcement at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, Magna and its project partners presented a solution to further help global automakers meet emissions standards and reduce fuel consumption through lightweighting.

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Magna’s advanced engineering team – a collaborative effort between the company’s corporate R&D and various product groups – combined its unique, full-vehicle perspective on the design of a driver’s-side door with an inventive mix of materials and technology to tackle the challenge of significant weight reduction. This was developed in less than 10 months while keeping the cost within accepted industry parameters and providing a solution that applies to approximately 70 percent of the light vehicle market.

“The team started from scratch and reimagined the way we think about the design, development and material-use of a door architecture,” said Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technology Officer, Magna International. “Building on our significant expertise in lightweighting from previous DOE projects, the team leveraged our broad product-development expertise and tackled this challenge in a cost-effective manner while meeting safety, durability and functionality requirements.”

Magna built on its know-how from the development of the Multi-Material Lightweight Vehicle (MMLV) with the DOE and Ford in 2014, and took it a step further in creating a solution for this advanced ultralight door project.

A key innovation associated with the development of the ultralight door includes integration of Magna’s SmartLatch™ electronic latch system. This eliminated the need for mechanical hardware and enabled the development of a unique carrier module with integrated glass guides and lift capability of a lightweight hybrid glass laminate, an industry first.

The door-in-white assembly makes extensive use of aluminum, which achieves approximately half of the total mass reduction of the door assembly. Overall, the project makes use of materials readily available today that can easily be made using existing manufacturing processes, without a significant increase in production costs or changes in body-shop infrastructure.

Grupo Antolin contributed its know-how in the design and manufacture of interior trim components to contribute to the significant mass reduction. The application of advanced molding technologies and polymers contributed approximately 7 percent to the total mass reduction.

The ultralight door development included intensive simulation efforts, passing all safety and durability testing in the process. The next steps include manufacturing full-scale prototype door assemblies, performance tests and safety tests to validate the design, with the goal of being available for use in production vehicles by the fall of 2020.

The FCA US engineering team has been an integral part of the design and development of the ultralight door, providing engineering collaboration to confirm compatibility with existing assembly operations as well as CAE durability, fatigue and safety analysis. FCA US plans to conduct testing of prototype door assemblies and full vehicles to validate the results of the predictive simulation.

This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), under award number DE-0007306.

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