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In 2012, Lear acquired Guilford as part of Lear’s cut & sew vertical integration strategy. Guilford Performance Textiles by Lear provides bodycloth capabilities as well as headliner and specialty products to complement our product line-up. Guilford’s footprint combined with Lear creates global capabilities with six manufacturing plants in North America, Europe and Asia.

Guilford Performance Textiles by Lear has combined experience of over 65 years. Our product range includes: warp knits, wovens, and double needle bar fabrics as well as bi-laminate constructions. Since Lear’s acquisition of Guilford, Lear has continued to invest in innovation, creating products like TeXstyle™ Enhance using secondary processes to create unique design effects such as: high frequency welding, pigment printing, embossing, and laser etching. Lear has exclusive rights to the use of laser etching in automotive seating and headliner applications.

Lear’s global technical capabilities and continued investment in innovation makes Guilford Performance Textiles by Lear a unique technical and design solution for our customers today.