Lear Environmentally Friendly Products Meet the Need for Improved Fuel Economy and Recyclability
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- Consumer demand for more environmentally responsible vehicles is
growing. Lear promotes "green" manufacturing in its plants and works
closely with automakers and suppliers to reduce the environmental impact
of its products. This includes eliminating hazardous materials through
the education of its engineers in Design for Environment fundamentals
and reducing the environmental aspects of the manufacturing process.
Lear has also turned its proprietary expertise in Electronics and
Electrical Distribution products, such as wire harnesses, smart junction
boxes, terminals and connectors, fuses and more to developing hybrid
solutions for its customers.
"Due to new regulations and the increasing price of crude oil, more
consumers are choosing vehicles, such as hybrids, that have increased
fuel- efficiency and a more positive environmental impact," said Douglas
DelGrosso, president and chief operating officer of Lear. "Today, Lear
is delivering high-voltage wiring harnesses for Ford hybrids and
working on a program for a European automaker as well as developing
prototypes for hybrid vehicles to be introduced in the near future."
Since hybrid vehicles require higher-voltage electrical distribution
systems than conventional vehicles, these systems need to be managed
safely. New products to handle high currents and voltage, such as Power
PCB (400 micron), DC-AC inverters for electrical machines and DC-DC
converters and stabilizers for the different voltages used are being
developed in a wide spectrum of power ranges. Connectors and wiring
systems must pass through an adaptation process to the new requirements
Additionally, automakers who respond to consumer demands for fuel-
efficient vehicles are putting their emphasis on improved manufacturing
processes and lightweight, high-performance or recyclable materials.
Lear's soybean oil-based polyurethane foam helps eliminate dependency
on petroleum and can be used in head restraints, armrests, and seating
cushion systems. Other lightweight substitute foam materials in Lear
seating systems improve fuel economy, reduce weight and optimize cost.
Lear's FabFoam™ seat concept is a combination of durable polyurethane
skin and flexible foam which create a trim- and fabric-less seat. This
environmentally friendly process offers styling flexibility of the
surface finish with dynamic colors, textures and gloss.
Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) is one of the world's largest suppliers
of automotive interior systems and components. Lear provides complete
seat systems, electronic products and electrical distribution systems
and other interior products. With annual net sales of $17.1 billion,
Lear ranks #127 among the Fortune 500. The company's world-class
products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of
115,000 employees at 282 locations in 34 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/ .
SOURCE: Lear Corporation
CONTACT: Andrea Puchalsky, Director - Corporate Communications of
Lear Corporation, +1-248-447-1651
Web site: http://www.lear.com/
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Posted on 4/3/2006