|Lear Corporation, a FORTUNE 500® company headquartered in Southfield, Mich., USA, focuses on integrating complete automotive interiors, including seat systems, interior trim and electrical systems. With annual net sales of $14.4 billion in 2002, Lear is the world’s largest automotive interior systems supplier. The company’s world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by more than 115,000 employees at 280 facilities located in 33 countries. |
The Lear company was founded in 1917 in Detroit as American Metal Products, a manufacturer of tubular, welded and stamped assemblies for the automotive and aircraft industries. Lear has grown to meet the changing needs of the industry with 17 major acquisitions since 1994. Today, the company exclusively serves the global automotive industry and creates all six interior systems: seat, instrument panel/cockpit, door and trim, overhead, flooring and acoustic, and electronic and electrical distribution. There is a Lear product in over 300 nameplates around the world.
Lear’s success is a result of our dedication to serving our customers, understanding their customers, the consumer and continuously improving our process and product quality through the latest technologies. All of this is reflected in Lear’s exclusive People-Vehicle-Interface Methodology™. By utilizing the PVI Method, Lear employs an innovation development discipline that turns market opportunities into the products that consumers want and customers need in their vehicles.
Lear is also a leader among the automotive industry in the Six Sigma application area. Our objective is to maximize manufacturing efficiency and continually raise the bar on customer satisfaction levels to further expand our position as a world-leading supplier of complete automotive interior systems.