The company wins first prize in Cooperation for its stitching
TROY, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Inteva Products, LLC, a leading global Tier One automotive supplier of
engineered components and systems, received top honors for cooperation
with customer General Motors in the 2016 CLEPA Innovation Awards. The
awards were announced to more than 160 guests from the automotive
industry during a gala event held in Brussels on March 17, 2016.
CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, received more
than 75 applications from 45 companies for innovations introduced around
the globe. Inteva was recognized for the all-Olefin, Soft-Skin, Stitched
Full Instrument Panel System. This innovative technology has given
automotive OEMs design freedom for a vehicle’s interior, especially
mid-market interiors, and consumers of mid-market vehicles are now able
to experience the look and feel of high-end interiors for the first time.
Inteva’s innovative patented automated “contour stitching” process
allows decorative stitching to be placed on a full instrument panel
skin. Inteva collaborated with the customer to design a new look, and
developed new robotic sewing equipment that pushed the boundaries of
part size, contour, and complexity. The resulting formed-and-sewn skin
gives the appearance of a cut-and-sewn up-level instrument panel, while
per-unit manufacturing time has been reduced from 2-3 hours to just a
“We are excited about this honor,” said Inteva Products Vice President
of Engineering Michael Maddelein who accepted the award in Brussels.
“This innovation was a true collaborative effort with our customer, and
we’re especially proud to receive a first prize recognition from this
The 2016 CLEPA Innovation Awards, organized in cooperation with
Deloitte, celebrate automotive excellence in the categories of Green,
Safety, Connectivity and, for the first time, Cooperation.
About Inteva Products, LLC
Products, LLC is a leading global automotive supplier providing
automakers with innovative, reliable, environmentally friendly products
that enhance vehicle quality, safety and performance. Inteva has global
resources for engineering, manufacturing and customer service for
Closure Systems, Interior Systems, Motors and Electronics, and Roof
Systems. Formed in 2008, the tier-one supplier is focused on achieving
sustained global growth, providing excellent customer service and
driving innovation. Inteva was founded on INnovative solutions
and the use of applied TEchnology to drive VAlue-based
solutions. Inteva employs more than 15,000 people in 18 countries and is
headquartered in Troy, Michigan USA.