TROY, Mich.--Inteva Products, LLC, a leading global Tier One automotive supplier of engineered components and systems, received top honors for cooperation with customer General Motors in the 2016 CLEPA Innovation Awards. The awards were announced to more than 160 guests from the automotive industry during a gala event held in Brussels on March 17, 2016.
CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, received more than 75 applications from 45 companies for innovations introduced around the globe. Inteva was recognized for the all-Olefin, Soft-Skin, Stitched Full Instrument Panel System. This innovative technology has given automotive OEMs design freedom for a vehicle’s interior, especially mid-market interiors, and consumers of mid-market vehicles are now able to experience the look and feel of high-end interiors for the first time.
Inteva’s innovative patented automated “contour stitching” process allows decorative stitching to be placed on a full instrument panel skin. Inteva collaborated with the customer to design a new look, and developed new robotic sewing equipment that pushed the boundaries of part size, contour, and complexity. The resulting formed-and-sewn skin gives the appearance of a cut-and-sewn up-level instrument panel, while per-unit manufacturing time has been reduced from 2-3 hours to just a few minutes.
“We are excited about this honor,” said Inteva Products Vice President of Engineering Michael Maddelein who accepted the award in Brussels. “This innovation was a true collaborative effort with our customer, and we’re especially proud to receive a first prize recognition from this prestigious organization.”
The 2016 CLEPA Innovation Awards, organized in cooperation with Deloitte, celebrate automotive excellence in the categories of Green, Safety, Connectivity and, for the first time, Cooperation.
About Inteva Products, LLC
Inteva Products, LLC is a leading global automotive supplier providing automakers with innovative, reliable, environmentally friendly products that enhance vehicle quality, safety and performance. Inteva has global resources for engineering, manufacturing and customer service for Closure Systems, Interior Systems, Motors and Electronics, and Roof Systems. Formed in 2008, the tier-one supplier is focused on achieving sustained global growth, providing excellent customer service and driving innovation. Inteva was founded on INnovative solutions and the use of applied TEchnology to drive VAlue-based solutions. Inteva employs more than 15,000 people in 18 countries and is headquartered in Troy, Michigan USA.