Lear Commonization Offers Reusable Content Across Designs Resulting In Quality Improvements & Lower Cost
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/
-- "Commonization" is a term used within the automotive industry
referring to the use of a common solution for multiple customer groups
that share the same requirements in a particular product area. Making
fifty different seat designs when only two or three are actually needed
can be a waste of time and resources. Streamlining these products into
fewer architectures greatly increases quality and lowers costs.
Through the utilization of common systems, Lear offers a high level
of reusable content across designs. This reduces costs but maintains
the flexibility that automakers require to differentiate vehicle
platforms. While not a specific area of request by consumers, the
benefits from commonization are passed by the automaker to vehicle
consumers through cost and quality improvements.
"The utilization of common systems allows Lear to meet the needs of
our customer base with higher quality products at a lower cost," said
Douglas DelGrosso, president and chief operating officer of Lear.
"Commonization is necessary in this industry to sustain a competitive
Lear Flexible Seat Architecture (LFSA) is a modular/flexible seat
structure accommodating various vehicle architecture and comfort feature
needs. The backbone of every seat system is the seat structure which
is made up of a cushion frame, a back frame, a seat-back recliner and
seat adjuster. LFSA was incorporated into more than forty seat systems
across several customer platforms beginning in 2005.
Lear's Smart and Passive Junction Boxes form the foundation for a
vehicle's electrical and electronic systems by use of a printed circuit
board design which allows for efficient system changes or upgrades.
These highly reliable and adaptable products reduce vehicle assembly
time by reducing the number of components and optimizing size, weight
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
Web site: http://www.lear.com/
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Posted on 4/3/2006