Lear Corporation Announces Brownfield Operation in Macedonia

US supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems, Lear Corporation, announced it’s plans to launch a brownfield operation for the production of seat covers in the northwestern Macedonian town of Gostivar, in the summer of 2015, with 300 employees. The second phase will encompass construction of a new automotive plant in the Tetovo free zone by mid-2016, and is expected to provide jobs for up to 2,000 people. “With Lear’s continued success in vertically integrated automotive seating systems and components, we are pleased to begin operations at an interim site in Macedonia and plan new plant construction by mid-2016 in the area,” said Jeneanne Hanley, Lear’s Vice President for Global Trim and Craftsmanship. “We appreciate the cooperation of all involved as Lear launches its first facility in Macedonia.” The negotiations on the investment have taken two years, and the company made the final decision on the project last December, choosing Macedonia from several business destinations in the region. “In line with our position as the world leader in automotive luxury and performance seating,” said Raffael Gagliardi, Lear’s Vice President of European Seat Fabric Operations, “we welcome the opportunity in adding this new plant to deliver dedicated quality and service every day for our customers.” American company Lear Corporation is a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems. Lear’s world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of 132,000 employees at 235 facilities in 34 countries around the globe.