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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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Detroit Pride Shines at the Grand Prix

Despite inclement weather, the green flag still waved at the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle, May 29-31. Excited race fans cheered from the grandstands for several different races, including the Verizon IndyCar Series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road series. It may have been a bit rainy, but fans’ spirits and excitement levels remained high throughout the weekend.

The event was filled with Detroit pride as local businesses came together to fulfill their “need for speed” while supporting of the revitalization of Belle Isle and the surrounding city. As an event partner, Lear was in the good company of many respected global brands, as well as a number of Detroit favorites like G.M.,Fathead, Shinola, and Meijer. To help build awareness of Lear (and have a little fun while we were at it) our own Dan Schmelzer, played the role of “Victor” during Friday’s event. Dan donned a realistic fire suit and passed out Lear Gear to fans that stopped by to say hello. Even Paws of the Detroit Tigers got in on the game, and graciously posed for a pic with his new Lear t-shirt. 

To cap the weekend off, we celebrated a victory of our own, as Lear was named the winner of the Chalet Design Competition. The prize? A meet and greet with driver Marco Andretti! Our winning chalet design featured Lear seating, a mannequin suited up in a racing fire suit and a racing simulator.

We’re proud to have had the opportunity to sponsor such an exciting event. It was a great way to celebrate the city and our own role in automotive history. Between the impressive performance on the track, the unbeatable Detroit spirit and the great representation from Team Lear, it was certainly a race to remember!

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Lear Revs Up for the Detroit Grand Prix

Detroit, start your engines! On Friday, May 15, Lear officially kicked off our inaugural year of sponsorship for the Detroit Grand Prix. Our team excitedly gathered on the front lawn of our Southfield Campus for an afternoon filled with classic cars, good food and fun.

At our pre-event picnic, Lear hosted one of the IndyCar showcars that will be racing in the highly anticipated Detroit Grand Prix, set to take place May 29-31 on Belle Isle. Lear team members had the opportunity to view the car up close and take pictures while enjoying an employee picnic.

Several Lear employees also brought their classic cars to showcase at the event—from Mustangs to Camaros, the cars on display nearly transformed our grounds into a mini version of the Woodward Dream Cruise!

Other event highlights included Fathead’s signature cardboard cutouts of racers sporting Lear gear and a display of a real fire-suit, similar to the ones worn by Grand Prix drivers. Our team was encouraged to share their favorite moments and photo-ops on social media using the hashtag #LearRevsUp.

The Detroit Grand Prix signals the unofficial start of summer in the Motor City, and the Lear team is revved up to be a part of it!

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Highlights from the 2015 WardsAuto Interiors Conference

On May 13, 2015, WardsAuto held its annual Automotive Interiors Conference at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The conference provided a rare opportunity for information exchange and networking among some of the biggest names in the auto interior industry.

One of the most highly anticipated events surrounding the conference was the announcement of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Awards, for which automakers were presented with trophies for their new and innovative auto interiors.

This year’s winners included:

  • 2014 BMW i3
  • 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum
  • 2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch
  • 2015 GMC Canyon SLT
  • 2015 Honda Fit EX-L
  • 2015 Jeep Renegade Limited
  • 2015 Kia Sedona SXL
  • 2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring
  • 2015 Mercedes C400
  • 2015 Nissan Murano SL

The winners were chosen from a pool of 42 new-to-market interiors and were scored on a number of criteria, such as design aesthetics, materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value, fit-and-finish and driver information.

The Lear team is extraordinarily proud to have played a part in designing six out of the top 10 winning interiors.

“In this year’s competition, we saw a lot of evidence that automakers are thinking creatively about interiors and putting a lot of design horsepower into not just luxury vehicles, but pickups, minivans and family sedans. And they are investing more in high-quality trim materials, electronic features and other details that will surprise and delight shoppers,” said WardsAuto Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter.

Another highlight of the conference was the announcement of the winner of the sixth annual WardsAuto Student Design Competition, sponsored in part by Lear.

Students in the Transportation Design Department at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies were faced with the challenge of designing an interior for a 2030 compact CUV with self-driving capabilities. Fred Liu (pictured above) was presented with the Lear Innovation Award for his cutting-edge, forward-thinking design.

Congratulations to all of the vehicle and student winners! We look forward to next year’s conference!

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Operational Excellence by Lear: New Partnership with Xenith Brings Jobs to Detroit

On April 28, Lear Corporation announced its partnership with Xenith, a developer of innovative world-class football helmets and other sporting gear.

The company relocated helmet assembly operations from the east coast to Detroit to partner with Lear and several other Detroit-based companies. Major investors include Quicken Loans Chairman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Tom Gores, owner of the Detroit Pistons.

The Xenith production facility in Detroit will employ approximately 60-70 full-time employees, with Lear workers comprising a majority of the assembly workforce.

Xenith is known for its high-tech helmets, featuring Xenith Adaptive Head Protection®. The innovative system is modeled after air-bag technology to minimize head movement during sudden impact and reduce the risk of concussion.

The partnership with Xenith further displays Lear’s reputation for superior quality, expertise in manufacturing and customer service.

“We currently supply performance textiles that are used in some of the biggest brand-name sports apparel in the business,” said Lear Vice President of Seating for the Americas Jeneanne Hanley. “This opportunity with Xenith will allow Lear to leverage our expertise in manufacturing and our culture of operational excellence to produce outstanding sporting equipment while bringing jobs to Detroit.”

On top of bringing new jobs to the area, Xenith is committed to sourcing as many of its materials as possible directly from Michigan. Detroit investors are thrilled to welcome Xenith to the local manufacturing landscape.

“From the earliest automobiles to today’s top-quality Shinola watches and bikes, Detroit’s reputation for manufacturing, assembly and design is unmatched,” said Dan Gilbert. “Xenith is honored to join the ranks of so many storied brands made in Detroit. We look forward to playing a key role in Detroit’s sports story, while growing a business and creating jobs alongside other quality manufacturers in our great city.”

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