Lear Corporation

Lear Corporation Advances Relentlessly in Delivering Branded Safety, Acoustic and Environmental Products to the World\047s Automakers

    Detro (ots-PRNewswire) - Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) today unveiled three brands representing Lear's relentless advancements from the People-Vehicle-Interface(TM) Method -- extensive safety, acoustics and environmental products and services designed with exacting consumer needs: Pro-tec(TM) Occupant Protection Systems, Sono-tec(TM) Vehicle Acoustic Systems and Enviro-tec(TM) Environmental Systems.

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    "Today we are introducing Pro-tec, Sono-tec, and Enviro-tec to help our worldwide automotive manufacturer customers and the daily consumer of Lear products better understand our focus on integration of safety, acoustic and environmental technologies and to identify our strengths in providing engineered solutions directly aimed at exceeding their expectations," said Ash Galbreath, Lear Vice President - Advanced Engineering & Validation.

    Lear offers an impressive line of innovative safety products designed to meet the complete scope of customer needs. Lear's Pro-tec Occupant Protection Systems include products and validation technologies in such areas as whiplash protection, head impact protection, vehicle telematics, advanced restraints, child safety, energy management, post-crash care, occupant sensing, cargo retention and motorsports.

    Pro-tec builds from the strength of Lear's reputation in whiplash protection (Pro-tec Self Aligning Head Restraint), integrated restraints and sensors, head impact protection systems, side-impact protection technologies, and vehicle electronics. The Pro-tec logo combines a stylized headrest with the safe-looking red and white target used to synchronize cameras during impact testing.

    Sono-tec Vehicle Acoustic Systems leverage Lear's acoustic integrator strength and reputation, squeak and rattle control, and vibration resistance expertise. This product line includes acoustic absorbers, squeak and rattle control, damping systems, dash insulators, sealing systems, and exterior acoustic systems. Lear's acoustic expertise includes extensive use of statistical energy analysis (SEA) to predict noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performances of material composites before hardware is available.

    "Lear's tools, technologies and products to optimize the consumer's acoustic experience are unique in the industry," Galbreath said. "With Lear's balanced approach we can comprehensively evaluate any component, module or complete interior and apply the best engineering solution -- for example, making a seat sound right to the customer, acoustically validating any interior module, or treating a complete interior to meet aggressive cost, weight and performance targets."

    Sono-tec services include the company's expanded acoustic validation capabilities with a smooth and rough road simulation dynamometer, hemi- anechoic room for full vehicle testing or transmission loss studies, small reverberation room for sound absorption testing, sound quality analysis, man- rated ride comfort analysis, and environmental vibration durability verification of anything from the smallest electronic component to a full vehicle on Lear's four-post road simulator. Acoustic validation services also include material testing and full vehicle diagnostic programs customized to an individual automaker's specific business and technical goals.

    The Sono-tec logo shows Lear's stylized, balanced approach for acoustic optimization, with sound waves emerging from a noise source.

    Enviro-tec, Lear's Environmental Systems, demonstrates Lear's environmental stewardship and capabilities to meet automakers' expectations for recycled content, product life cycle analysis and production of environmentally safe products. The product line is divided into four major categories: environmental design process, automotive shredded residue content, recycled products and environmentally safe products.

    Lear's Enviro-tec logo features a circular arrow, demonstrating the complete life cycle responsibility that Lear engineers into its products.

    "Enviro-tec is an integral part of every Lear product. PVC-free wiring, recyclable PET headliners, and high recycled and natural content interior trim are just a few of the latest advances in this key area of our responsibility to future generations," Galbreath said.

    Lear Corporation, a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, (USA), is one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, with 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

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