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Lear Exhibit On View at the Coventry Transport Museum

The Coventry Transport Museum tells the fascinating story of the city and its people through the rise and fall of its biggest industry. In November 2013, Gary Hall, the museum’s Chief Executive, approached Lear with a request to provide an automotive exhibit as part of its £9.5M (US $14.5M) redevelopment program.

Billing itself as the world’s largest collection of British road transport, and home to ThrustSSC and Thrust2 (the world’s two fastest cars), the museum was keen to showcase Lear products and educate visitors to the level of local production, technology and skills being applied by companies within the area, in support of Jaguar Land Rover and other key automotive manufacturers.

The museum, originally opened in 1980, is frequented by Lear customers and provided an incredible opportunity to display Lear products within the context of other customers and automotive supplier and manufacturer exhibits. The resulting exhibit acknowledges Lear’s presence in Coventry since 1993, and highlights the company as a significant and successful employer in the region.

“As a team we were keen to support this initiative not only for reasons of local pride in the products being manufactured, but also the team’s strong desire and motivation to work on behalf of local community projects. This request also came at a critical phase within the business in attracting future talent within an increasingly competitive skills market. As with most first-tier suppliers we do not self-brand products as such,” said Alex Taylor (Engineering Mgr.). “We believe that this exhibit has successfully achieved its aims in demonstrating the range of opportunities and depth of skills within Lear.”

The introduction of an apprenticeship scheme in the UK has further reinforced the need for increasing local brand and company awareness in the region. The exhibit thus provides an incredible opportunity to showcase Lear’s profile and range of technologies to the general public and school groups.

“I would just like to acknowledge the collective efforts and support provided by the Lear team in the UK, notably coordinated by Irina Cojocariu and also the Sales and Marketing teams in Spain and North America that have worked together to create this fabulous new exhibition,” Alex added.

The museum’s redevelopment was completed on June 19, 2015, and since that time has attracted more than 100,000 visitors, including 3,500 families, 60 schools and 2,000 schoolchildren. The venue has also attracted UK-wide publicity and serves to promote interest in Lear as a future employer.

In addition to many Jaguars, the museum features other Coventry-built cars such as Triumph, Humber and Standard, as well as military, agricultural and public transport vehicles built in the area. The collection also extends to motorcycles such as Triumph, Coventry-Eagle and other brands.

The museum is located in the city center, about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of London, and offers free admission to the public. For more information, please visit www.transport-museum.com.


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Lear Valls & Barcelona Engineering Students Unveil F1 Electrical Racecar

A student team at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) recently unveiled its CAT08e Formula 1 electrical racecar in Barcelona. This was the second annual event of its kind in partnership with Lear Valls.

The UPC students attend courses in the engineering school, Escola T​ècnica Superior d’Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (ETSEIB). This special collaboration with Lear allows engineering students nearing degree completion to acquire real world experience before entering the job market, giving them the opportunity to interact with suppliers, work on design content and contribute to a significant team project.

Using Lear Electrical’s high voltage product contributions, including the emergency switch located at the right side of the driver, the new generation vehicle boasts a number of significant improvements over the previous one, in terms of aerodynamic efficiency, weight reduction, materials and power from the electric motor.

“It is a pleasure to watch young people grow in enthusiasm and knowledge,” said Jordi Bigorra (Mech. Eng. & Design Dir.). “Improving just from last year’s vehicle, the students realized a total weight reduction of 13%. This assists them in getting a ‘full picture’ of a major project, with them also seeing electrical advances that Lear team members work on all the time, such as wire harness weight reduction and lighter power inverters and increased power to 136kw for the 400v battery. They also become even more aware of new regulations with which we deal on an ongoing basis and achieved a significant battery weight reduction in line with the new rules.”

Lear furthered its partnership with the UPC team, by providing additional support in terms of funding, materials and components for the vehicle’s electrical distribution system, and engineering support for the design team. Lear contributed low and high-voltage terminals and connectors, high current fuses and high cross-section shielded cable, and Lear engineers assisted in printed circuit board design.

“It is a pleasure for Lear to provide continued support to the ETSEIB Motorsport team,” said Raúl Martinez (Functional Safety & Engineering Quality Systems Mgr.), who served as Lear project liaison. “We are convinced that this is a great way to encourage students’ eagerness to challenge existing solutions, strive for innovation and become ready for a successful professional career.”

The new CAT08e vehicle made its Formula 1 student team racing debut in Hockenheim, Germany, at the end of July.


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