Lear acquires Industry 4.0 specialist InTouch Automation

SOUTHFIELD—The Southfield-based automotive seating and electronics manufacturer Lear Corp. (NYSE: LEA) announced the acquisition of Novi-based InTouch Automation, a supplier of Industry 4.0 technologies and complex automated testing equipment critical in the production of automotive seats. Terms were not disclosed.

InTouch’s product portfolio fits with Lear’s Industry 4.0 strategy of implementing technologies designed to automate the testing and validation of components and finished seats. The technology gives Lear a greater ability to collect and analyze real-time data while standardizing testing procedures throughout its just-in-time seating production process.

“This acquisition is another step in increasing Lear’s automation and manufacturing flexibility,” said Frank Orsini, Lear executive vice president and president of its seating operations. “We welcome InTouch employees and their impressive legacy of excellence in innovation, quality and safety to the Lear family.”

InTouch, founded in 2006, produces “end of line” testing equipment for complete seats, in-process testing equipment, automation of testing, industrial multi-use seat connectors and autodocking.

More at lear.com.

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