Inteva interiors get tech center boost

  • 31-May-2011 08:59 EDT
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Inteva's product line includes a full range of components and modules for interiors—from instrument panels, consoles, and door trim to cockpits and headliners.

Inteva Products is beefing up its interiors capabilities with the opening of a tech center in Vandalia, OH. The 73,000-ft² (6800-m²) facility consists of an engineering center and a manufacturing development center, company spokeswoman Kimberly Welch told AEI. Approximately 150 people are employed there, of which about 110 are engineers; the number of engineers is expected to grow to 130 in the next three to five years. Key processes performed include program management, product engineering, design, validation, materials engineering, advanced development, and manufacturing engineering. In use is a recently acquired state-of-the-art foam system that, Welch said, "is an enabler to meeting customer requirements such as appearance, feel, and performance. It is also a key component of our continued hidden airbag development, prototype part manufacturing, along with production validation. The new system allows us to monitor and adjust many of the parameters in developing a finely tuned process to deliver to the production site. The new system is highly energy-efficient and able to run smaller lab quantities with little to no waste."

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