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LEAR INVESTS $6 MILLION IN ADVANCED SEATING TECHNOLOGY

 SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Kenneth L. Way, chairman and CEO of Lear Holdings Corporation, parent company of Lear Seating Corporation, today announced expenditures of $6 million for advanced seating technology to be spent in the current (1994) fiscal year.
 "We are stepping up our commitment as a global Tier I seat systems supplier," Way said. "These expenditures will enable us to provide new concepts in seating to our OEM customers on a more timely basis and with better engineered products for improved passenger comfort and safety."
 SEAT COMFORT
 -- Expansion of pressure distribution analysis and benchmarking laboratories.
 Since 1988, Lear has been an industry leader in the development and use of seat pressure distribution technology, which is the study of design factors affecting passenger seat comfort and convenience. Lear is expanding its pressure distribution laboratory, as well as its competitive product analysis and benchmarking laboratories, to further improve its global leadership position in this important area.
 SEAT SAFETY
 -- Purchase of a dynamic impact crash simulator or "sled" to develop and improve the safety performance of seats produced for adults and children.
 -- Installation of new test and development equipment to aid in federal safety standard certification of areas such as head impact, seat strength and seat anchorage requirements.
 SEAT PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
 -- Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) equipment, utilizing Pro- Engineer solid modeling software, which facilitates new product concept development and more rapid prototyping.
 -- Purchase of a six-axis MTS Multi-Axis Shaker Table (MAST) to improve the noise vibration harshness (NVH) performance of seats.
 -- New Modal analysis equipment to better match the dynamic performance of the seat to the vehicle for improved passenger comfort.
 -- Improved structural analysis capability utilizing modal analysis and RASNA finite element analysis software.
 -- Purchase of Pixsys 3D scanning equipment to facilitate rapid conversion of the customer's concept models into data for Lear work stations.
 -- Improved textile development capability with a new lab and staff to explore innovative seat fabric design concepts.
 -- Enhanced communications and technical coordination through new interconnected computer local area networks (LAN) within Lear and between Lear and its customers.
 Way said that "future product development will include integrated smart seats; innovative ideas for fabric; and a variety of ergonomic, biomechanic and safety advances to ensure passenger comfort and safety in a stress-free environment.
 Lear, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world's leading independent automotive seating manufacturers, had sales of $1.76 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1993. Lear employs 12,500 workers in 45 facilities worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Nick Feles of Lear Seating 313-746-1515; or Annette DeLorenzo of A.G. DeLorenzo Associates, Inc., 313-644-9150, for Lear Seating/


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