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Newsroom Lear Receives Three 2007 World Excellence Awards from Ford Motor Company


SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) today announced it has received three Ford Motor Company World Excellence Awards for superior performance in 2007, tying for the highest number of awards for any single supplier.

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There are three types of World Excellence Awards -- Gold, Silver and Recognition of Achievement. The Gold and Silver Awards are given to suppliers that excel in quality, delivery and cost; a Recognition of Achievement Award is given to suppliers who impact customer satisfaction by providing significant contributions in key areas such as Consumer-Focused New Technology, Ford Warranty Reduction Program, Corporate Responsibility, and Diversity and Community Service.

All three of Lear's World Excellence honors were Silver Awards, with 28 suppliers receiving a total of 32 Silver Awards. The Lear facilities being honored include:

  -- Lear Corporation; St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada - Seats
-- Lear Corporation; Liberty, Missouri USA - Seats
-- Lear Corporation; Genk, Belgium - Seats

"This marks the tenth year we have honored world-class suppliers for extraordinary contributions that directly impact Ford's ability to deliver high quality vehicles and customer satisfaction," said Tony Brown, group vice president, Global Purchasing, in a press release issued by Ford. "This commitment to excellence is coming through in the latest quality data, which show Ford's initial quality in North America is now equal to the best in the industry. These successes belong not just to Ford - but our suppliers as well."

"It is a high honor, given Ford Motor Company's expansive global supply base, to be the recipient of not one, but three World Excellence Awards," said Bob Rossiter, Lear Chairman, CEO and President. "We are extremely pleased to be recognized by Ford and I want to thank the entire Lear team for their dedication to superior quality, service and customer satisfaction."

World Excellence Awards were given to a total of 47 top global suppliers at 57 locations for their work in helping Ford develop high quality, lower cost vehicles that customers want.

Lear Corporation is one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive seating systems, electrical distribution systems and electronics products. The Company's world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of more than 91,000 employees at 215 facilities in 35 countries. Lear's headquarters are in Southfield, Michigan, and Lear is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol [LEA]. Further information about Lear is available on the Internet at

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CONTACT: Investor Relations: Mel Stephens, +1-248-447-1624; Media: Andrea
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Posted on 4/21/2008

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