Lear and Gentherm launch new thermal seating solutions

Jan 8, 2019   Tier Suppliers

Lear Corporation and Gentherm have announced a strategic joint development partnership today to drive the future of passenger thermal seating solutions.

With the proliferation of ridesharing, electrification and autonomous vehicle applications, there is an increased focus on design and engineering of the internal cabin with technologies that allow passengers to personalise their spaces for individual comfort and wellness. More efficient thermal systems are needed to optimise the heating and air conditioning system in the vehicle. 

The partnership is for advanced development of a highly integrated, modular heat and cool solution for Lear's Intu seating system that will provide world-class passenger comfort. 

"The industry is changing extremely fast, and we're pleased to partner with Gentherm to address consumer preferences today and in the future," said John Absmeier, Lear Chief Technology Officer. "The need for improved personal comfort is paramount, and our combined technology will give passengers the freedom to customise their own environment while optimising efficiency to improve the energy consumption of the vehicle heating and cooling system." 

"Our strategic collaboration with Lear demonstrates a systematic approach to developing a thermal management seating solution that optimises the integration of our respective technologies, resulting in a superior comfort experience," said Phil Eyler, President and CEO of Gentherm. "Our expertise in human thermophysiology perfectly complements Lear's strength as a leader of automotive seating and electronic systems. I am delighted that our teams will join forces to drive innovation in vehicle interior comfort solutions."

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