Nov 15, 2007
Lear Innovations Selected as Finalist and Honorable Mention in 2008 Automotive News PACE Award Competition
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lear Corporation (NYSE:
LEA), one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive seating
systems, electrical distribution systems and electronics products, today
announced that its ProTec™ PLuS Self-Aligning Active Head Restraint
System was selected as a Finalist and Lear's SoyFoam™ received Honorable
Mention in the 14th annual PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers'
Contribution to Excellence) Award competition, which is jointly
presented by Automotive News, Microsoft, SAP and Transportation Research
Lear's second generation ProTec PLuS Self-Aligning Active Head
Restraint System is designed to meet the anti-whiplash requirements of
the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the European New Car
Assessment Programme and the new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
(FMVSS 202a), which goes into effect Sept. 1, 2009. In order to limit
head rotation relative to the torso during a rear-impact collision, the
U.S. mandate requires automakers to either install in all front-row
seats a solution for the dynamic option, such as ProTec PLuS, or a
solution for the static option, such as firmer and larger head
restraints that are closer to an occupant's head which can cause
"Lear's ProTec PLuS dynamic system allows for a more comfortable
seating system and greater design flexibility than a static solution,"
said Don Bernhardt, Lear's vice president of Seat Engineering.
"Additionally, ProTec PLuS, if activated, resets itself automatically
which provides additional protection to the occupant as well as
eliminates the need for service as in the case of competing dynamic
Lear's SoyFoam is soybean oil-derived automotive polyurethane
developed for in seating, head restraints, armrests, console foam
padding and other interior components. This product substitutes
petroleum-based polyol with soybean oil-based polyol to produce a more
environmentally-friendly foam material.
"Lear's SoyFoam technology is the first to be used in automotive
production as a result of Ford Motor Company's decision to use it in the
seats of the 2008 model year Ford Mustang," Bernhardt continued. "We
are extremely proud to have these innovations recognized in this
Recognizing superior innovation, technological advancement and
business performance, the Automotive News PACE Award is open to
suppliers that contribute products, processes, information technology,
materials or services directly to the manufacture of cars or trucks.
The award is accepted around the world as the industry symbol of
Lear is a finalist in the product category which recognizes
innovations in new products or services or in new product and service
development and introduction processes that have significant market
impact and act as "game changers" in the automotive industry.
The Automotive News PACE Award also recognizes suppliers' superiority
in three additional categories: Product - Europe, Information
Technology and Services and Manufacturing Processes and Capital
Lear, along with other Automotive News PACE Award finalists, will
undergo an extensive review process - including a site visit - by
industry, academic and business leaders to select award winners, to be
announced at a gala ceremony in Detroit on April 14, 2008.
For complete details of the 2008 Automotive News PACE Award, visit http://www.autonews.com/PACE.
The award is additionally sponsored by OESA, Sprint and WCSX 94.7FM in
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 90,000
employees at 236 locations in 33 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 http://www.lear.com/.
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SOURCE: Lear Corporation
CONTACT: Andrea Puchalsky of Lear Corporation, +1-248-447-1651
Web site: http://www.lear.com/
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Posted on 11/15/2007