if i remember correctly, aside from the SA plant, the lear factories are near the bmw factories. they do just in time supply, the seats are assembled and shipped to the factory just before the production of the car begins.
Originally Posted by beden1
That's good information. Thanks. I wonder what caused this QC glitch? That's something that I would have envisioned from something produced in China instead of the USA. Maybe they did outsource these seats to a Chinese manufacturer?
It's quite possible. Here's a snippet from Lear's website:
Today, we provide complete seating and electrical power management systems worldwide. With 2011 sales of $14.1 billion, Lear ranks #189 among the Fortune 500. Our world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of 113,000 employees in 207 locations. With headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, Lear continues to operate facilities in 36 countries around the globe.
Lear is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol [LEA].
Many manufacturing facilities in China:
there was a segment about it showing the production of the e90 in the leipzig factory, the order for the seats would come in a few hours before the car entered prod. they highlighted how tight the timing was on having to deliver the set of seats with very tight deadlines. i cant remember the name of the show, but it was on cable
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