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Lear Corporation to Develop Complete Electronic and Electrical Distribution System for Ford

Dearborn, Mich. (ots-PRNewswire) - Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) today announced that it has been selected by Ford Motor Company to develop the electronic and electrical architecture, including the smart junction box, for a future Ford vehicle. The contract was announced during today's grand opening of the Lear Electronics and Electrical Division's new Product Development Center and Intertronics(TM) Innovation Center. The contract will enhance Lear Corporation's position in the market for electronic and electrical distribution systems. It comes in addition to two recent World Excellence Awards from the Ford Motor Company that Lear Corporation received for superior performance in 1999. "We are pleased that Ford has chosen Lear to develop this new and advanced electronic and electrical distribution system together with our smart junction box," said Kenneth L. Way, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lear Corporation. "The Ford contract is a testimony to our advanced development work and it significantly strengthens Lear's position in the electronics and electrical segment." The new electrical architecture is based on the integration of power and signal technology as well as multiplexing and will be developed at Lear's Ford Division facilities in Cologne, Germany. The combination of these technologies enables the number of wires to be significantly reduced and achieves a notable weight reduction while also simplifying the assembly process. Lear's smart junction box is considered a breakthrough in electrical distribution systems and was developed at Lear's European Technology Center in Valls, Spain. By integrating electronics with the power distribution center, the Lear smart junction box requires fewer interconnections, offers greater design flexibility and reduces wire congestion in areas, like the instrument panel, where space is at a premium. The electronic and electrical distribution system will be produced at Lear facilities in Europe, Asia and North America. Lear Corporation, a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Southfield, Mich., (USA), is the one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, with record 1999 sales of $12.4 billion. The company's world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by more than 120,000 employees in over 300 facilities located in 33 countries. Information about Lear and its products is available on the Internet at www.lear.com . ots Original Text Service: Lear Corporation Internet: http://recherche.newsaktuell.de Contact: Karen Stewart-Spica, Director - Technology Communications (USA) 248-447-5396, or Malene Pickles, Manager - European PR +49-6196-7032-554, both of Lear Corporation Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/518304.html or fax, (USA) 800-758-5804, ext. 518304 Web site: http://www.lear.com Original-Content von: Lear Corporation, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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