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Faurecia celebrates opening of new North American Headquarters and Seating Technical Center

Faurecia North America, the region’s sixth-largestautomotive supplier, celebrated the opening of its new North AmericanHeadquarters and Automotive Seating Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan,with a flag-raising ceremony.

The new facility, which encompasses 278,000 square feet,includes a prototype metal shop; trim development lab; just-in-time (JIT)manufacturing lab; structural testing lab; environmental testing chambers;noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and electrical lab; and semi-anechoicchamber for sound testing.

The site also features an information sharing hub calledthe Innovation Plateau. This area serves as a creative center for Faureciaemployees to foster ideas and inspire new technology developments for thecompany’s seating business. Faurecia University North America, the company’slocal training arm, also calls the Auburn Hills headquarters building home.Faurecia University coordinates the professional development of employeesacross the region.

More than 700 people are based in the new building.

“Our new Headquarters and Seating Technical Centeradds to our already growing footprint in Michigan and North America andunderscores our commitment to the region,” said Faurecia North AmericaPresident Mike Heneka. “Southeast Michigan is a center of automotiveexcellence that offers us access to the right people, technologies, and ideasto help us design and manufacture advanced vehicle systems that meet the autoindustry’s evolving needs.”

In North America, Faurecia had sales of $6.25 billion in2013. It employs more than 20,000 people at 47 locations in the U.S., Canadaand Mexico.

“Over the past decade, our North American operationshave grown to outpace much of the supplier industry globally and havemaintained a remarkable record of innovation and expansion throughout the mostchallenging of economic times,” said Faurecia Chairman and Chief ExecutiveOfficer Yann Delabriere. “Since 2010, we’ve opened 15 new plants and technologycenters in North America and have nearly doubled our workforce. Our new NorthAmerican headquarters reflects Faurecia Group’s balanced presence across theregion by serving as an innovation hub at the focal point of the American autoindustry. It stands as a continuing commitment to our groundbreaking work inlightweighting, reduction of emissions and new levels of driver comfort that wehave introduced to the auto industry.”

With operations at 76 sites in 25 countries, FaureciaAutomotive Seating is the world leader in the manufacture of high-performanceseating mechanisms, global-standard frames and advanced mechatronics systems.The company ranks in the top three for production of complete seats and isrenowned for its seating innovations that provide smart comfort solutions.North America is the second-largest region for Faurecia Automotive Seating,following Europe.

About Faurecia

Faurecia is the world’s seventh-largest automotiveequipment supplier, with four key Business Groups: Automotive Seating,Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. In2013, the Group posted sales of $24 billion. As of December 31, 2013, Faureciaemployed 97,500 people in 34 countries at 320 sites, including 30 R&Dcenters. Faurecia is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange andtrades in the U.S. over-the-counter (OTC) market.

Connect with Faurecia North America at www.facebook.com/faureciaNA,www.twitter.com/faureciaNA,and www.pinterest.com/faureciaNA.

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