Issue: Sep 2009


Sage Automotive Interiors Created from Former Milliken Automotive Division



by Rob White

Sage Automotive Interiors announced today that it has become a separate entity from Milliken & Company. 

The announcement means that the approximately 1,000 associates worldwide who worked for Milliken Automotive will keep their jobs under the new Sage umbrella. Sage will continue to provide its clientele with automotive body cloth under the Yes Essentials and FXC brands, as well as other branded products. 

Sage will be led by Chief Executive Officer Dirk Pieper and Chief Operating Officer Brian McSharry, former automotive cloth division executives who have more than 50 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. 

“Sage products will provide the same high quality, technological innovation and integrity that Milliken’s Automotive Division established,” said Pieper. “We will continue to grow our global footprint and work with our established contacts to give manufacturers and consumers more options. However, most exciting is that all of our exemplary associates are continuing forward with Sage.” 

Sage Automotive Interiors www.sageautomotiveinteriors.com is one of the world’s leading providers of automotive bodycloth—seating, door panel surfaces, and headliners—to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Global offices and manufacturing locations include the U.S., Japan, China, Brazil and the U.K. Sage enjoys core strengths in consumer research, sustainability and innovative problem solving for the OEM. Sage’s vision is to be the market leader in design, engineering, and technical capability supported by world class manufacturing.


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