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IAC’s VP of South Asian Operations, Gajanan Gandhe, addresses IAC team members and customers at the dedication of the company’s new facility in Manesar, India.

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IAC has launched a new state-of-the art facility in Manesar to enhance its manufacturing and engineering capabilities in the Indian market.

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IAC has launched Manufacturing 4.0 and Smart Factory applications at its Halewood, United Kingdom, facility to provide customers with enhanced flexibility and efficient manufacturing of high quality interiors.

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IAC Halewood features an extremely flexible cockpit just-in-time assembly line for several vehicle models, substituting a fixed carousel with 42 Automated Guided Vehicles that enable mass customization and assembly of up to 4 million cockpit variants on one production line.

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IAC Halewood features an extremely flexible cockpit just-in-time assembly line for several vehicle models, substituting a fixed carousel with 42 Automated Guided Vehicles that enable mass customization and assembly of up to 4 million cockpit variants on one production line.

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Finished cockpit quality is checked at IAC Halewood by skilled operators supported by cobots equipped with cameras.

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Manfred Gingl, Chief Executive Officer

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IAC’s President, North America, Carl Beckwith (center) accepted the 2017 Ford World Excellence Award in the Quality category from Ford’s Executive Vice President and President, Global Operations, Joe Hinrichs (left) and Executive Vice President, Product Development and Purchasing, Hau Thai-Tang (right).

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IAC’s COO Terry Gohl and President, North America, Carl Beckwith (center left and right) accepted the 2017 General Motors (GM) Supplier of the Year award on April 20 with GM’s Executive Director, Interiors and Safety, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain Tom McMillen and Executive Director, Global Functional Leader Interior and Safety Engineering, Bob Reuter (far left and right).

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On March 7, 2018, IAC celebrated the opening of its newest plant in Prestice, Czech Republic, with employees, customer representatives, and local dignitaries.

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IAC’s state-of-the-art plant for premium door panels is the company’s third operation in Prestice, Czech Republic, and covers an area of more than 32,560 square meters (350,470 square feet).

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IAC brought home a 2017 SPE Automotive Innovation Award for the company’s Coreback™ process used to produce the 2017 MINI Countryman subcompact SUV instrument panel carrier. The company won a second award for its caster-based BIO Foam beneath the 2018 Ford Fusion instrument panel. Photo courtesy of SPE Automotive Div.

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IAC’s BIO Foam used on the 2018 Ford Fusion instrument panel won a 2017 SPE Automotive Innovation Award. The caster-based BIO Foam material provides weight savings of up to 40 percent, while enabling higher design flexibility. Photo courtesy of SPE Automotive Div.

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IAC’s Coreback™ premium lightweight injection molding process used to produce the 2017 MINI Countryman subcompact SUV instrument panel carrier won a 2017 SPE Automotive Innovation Award. The Coreback process allows for a 15-to-20 percent component weight reduction on one of the vehicle interior’s largest and most important structural parts. Photo courtesy of SPE Automotive Div.

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Daniel Linder, Vice President, China Region.

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On October 24, 2017, IAC global leadership celebrated the grand opening of the new Opole, Poland plant with employees, customer representatives, and local dignitaries.

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The new location in Opole, Poland will serve as IAC’s Center of Excellence for tailored interiors and will create an estimated number of 550 skilled jobs in the region.

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IAC executives broke ground for the Opole, Poland plant with local authorities, customers, and strategic partners.

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IAC President and CEO, Steve Miller, announces the company’s intent to establish a 500,000-square-foot facility in GM’s Arlington, Texas supplier park to provide complete truck and SUV cockpits.

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IAC Prestice 2, Czech Republic

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(Left to right) Marcus Nyman, senior vice president, global strategic development, IAC; Gajanan Gandhe, senior vice president of Asia operations, IAC; Pravin Akarte, head of purchasing, VW; Sanjay Athavale, GM purchasing, Force Motors; Steffen Heim, executive director, purchasing, VW; and Sanjay Pawar, GM purchasing, JLR India.

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IAC Opole is the company’s 27th manufacturing facility in Europe.

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IAC FiberFrame™ and headliner for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

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IAC Itatiaia, Brazil

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IAC FiberFrame™ enables weight savings of 50 percent compared to a traditional metal frame.

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The door bolster of the 2013 Ford Escape is made of 50% kenaf natural material, displacing conventional oil-based resin, providing a lighter-weight and greener vehicle solution.

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IAC HybridFleece Molding™ concept door carrier

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IAC’s Smartfoil application on a door panel for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

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CoreBack™ is a proprietary process that adds a chemical foaming agent (CFA) to the resin when molding a vehicle interior component. After the resin compound is injected, the mold is opened 1-to-2.8 millimeters to activate the foaming agent to create a stronger product that is a 20-to-30 percent lighter than traditional injection-molded components.

IAC HybridFleece Molding™ is a unique process for combining the pressing of a thermoplastic mixed fiber fleece from a natural fiber, glass or recycled carbon fiber with the molding of stiffening ribs and clips into a one step process in the same molding tool with no need for additional welding or gluing. The technology can be used to produce a variety of lightweight structural and visible (A-surface) interior components and is designed to reduce process complexity.

SmartFoil™ is a TPO (thermoplastic olefin) material that provides improved craftsmanship and luxury, while providing up to a 10 percent weight savings over traditional solutions. SmartFoil’s leather-like durable top coat improves scratch, scuff and mar resistance, and was initially designed for lower door panels on vehicles with low entry/exit points. SmartFoil’s A-surface material has an excellent grain definition and a vacuum-form feel at a similar cost to soft-touch paint.

The Thinfoam™ process and materials innovation allows instrument panel thickness to be reduced from an industry standard 8-to-10 millimeters to 3. This provides weight-reduction and cost-savings advantages, as well as greater design freedom, for cast-skinned instrument panels.

FiberFrame™ replaces the sun roof’s metal reinforcement frame with a lighter alternative employing strong, natural fibers using a new raw material comprised of 70 percent renewable content – all while improving the frame’s structural rigidity. This unique lightweight solution is reinforced using IAC’s EcoMat natural fiber-based semi-finished mat material, which was especially developed for this application. The fiber mat is molded with a thermoset binder and is manufactured in-house by IAC in a hot molding process.

Our Cut and Sew Solutions seamlessly blend high-touch and high-tech techniques to create high-quality automotive interior components. Hand craftsmanship is the common thread integrated into every phase of production – from prototyping and modeling to materials selection to cutting, sewing, and wrapping. By combining old-time artisanal expertise, timeless luxury materials, and modern-day tools, IAC provides superior solutions with a personal touch unique to each customers’ individual needs.