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Lear Valls Community Race Goes Global for a Cause

Family and friends joined together to cheer on Lear Valls team members for the second annual “Hol.la Genís” race on September 20. Founded by Lear’s own Pilar Giner, Hol.la Genís is an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for children’s cancer research and supporting those families affected by a childhood illness.

Pilar named the organization after her son Genís, who was diagnosed with cancer at age three. Genís bravely conquered the disease, and five years later he’s happily leading a healthy and normal life. Inspired by her son’s recovery, Pilar’s work and the annual race represent her personal dedication to the cause.

This year, the run attracted over 900 participants, more than 300 of which were Lear employees, with additional team members running in solidarity around the world—a significant increase over last year’s 275 participants. Relatives and friends (and even some pets), all joined in for a 5k run/walk or 10k walk.

The event was made even more special with the participation of Lear’s global family. Although they couldn’t participate in person, employees who wanted to take part were able to contribute in other ways. For example, a group from Lear Schwaig ran the “Erdinger Stadtlauf” race in Germany, and their team wore Hol.la Genís shirts.

“It is humbling to see how many Lear team members rose to the occasion to support another team member for a great cause,” said Mariano de Torres (VP – Electrical, Europe & Africa).

In the spirit of our commitment to the communities where we do business, Lear generously contributed a donation match for all company team member registration fees. All funds will go to benefit Fundació de l’Hospital Sant Joan de Deu (Foundation of Saint John of God Hospital), the Ronald McDonald Foundation Home and the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Spain.

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona is a teaching hospital associated with the University of Barcelona (Universitat de Barcelona) specializing in the fields of pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics. Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. With operations in more than 40 countries, the Make-A-Wish Foundation arranges experiences (described as “wishes”) to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

To learn more about Hol.la Genis, please visit their page on Facebook.

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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Lear Valls Answers an Urgent Call for Donations from Caritas Spain

It all started with a phone call from the local chapter of the non-profit organization Caritas. Our team in Valls, Spain learned that the charity had run out of some basic food items such as milk, cooking oil and cereals, as well as personal hygiene products like shampoo, shower gel and toothpaste.

Globally, Caritas is dedicated to helping families and individuals in need by providing food, mentoring and economic help to pay for rent and basic needs. In this case, Caritas Spain had an urgent need to care for approximately 250 families in the local area.

The Lear Valls leadership team immediately launched an awareness campaign through flyers, posters and computer screens across their whole campus. A specially designed recycled bag with the tagline “Kilos de Solidaridad” (Kilos of Solidarity) was provided to each team member, along with additional tips to help engage as many Lear employees as possible.

A member from the senior management team sponsors every community service initiative in Valls. For Caritas’ special request, Jesús Vidal (VP – Electronics Ops.) volunteered to lead the effort, enlisting other volunteers from the operations area, including Joan Jordá (Plant Mgr.) and his entire management team from the Valls plant. Volunteers arrived on May 27 at 5 am to set up the collection points, community service-themed flags and product-designated boxes to distribute the donations.

“I was pleased to see the massive participation,” said Jesús. “Donations remained strong the whole day with our volunteers setting up different collection times to take into account all the working shifts. In addition to collecting bags and bags full of products, we all noticed everyone’s big smiles and eagerness to contribute.”

The Caritas regional director and their local representatives expressed how impressed they were by the campaign and the entire organization and logistics.

The donation drive finished the next day at 6 am, when team members finished the third shift. The end result was almost 8,500 kg (18,500 lbs) of food and hygiene products. As a company, Lear donated an additional 1,263 kilos (2,784 lbs) of sugar and flour—one kilo (2.2 lbs) for each of the 1,263 employees in Valls.

In addition to Jesús sending a thank you message to all Valls team members, Mariano de Torres (VP – Electrical) added his own thanks to those who donated, as well as to the volunteer team and the support from suppliers and partners, including the canteen provider, cleaning services and the logistics carrier who transported the donations.

Mariano declared: “This fantastic and prompt effort shows once again that Lear supports the community where we do business and that the Lear team responds generously when urgent help is requested for people in need.”


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