PARIS — December 15, 2016 — Lectra is to deliver a state-of-the-art FocusQuantum® laser airbag cutting solution together with robust project management to optimize production capacity for tier-1 airbag supplier Key Safety Systems (KSS).
FocusQuantum’s productivity — the highest on the market — and best-in-class process capability were major factors leading to the customer’s final decision. The fully integrated hardware and software system will enable KSS to meet stringent quality standards at the lowest possible cost per airbag. The solution’s high fabric utilization rate and enhanced level of cutting quality will furthermore enable the company to minimize fabric waste.
KSS was already a Lectra customer in North America and China prior to the acquisition. Lectra’s mature support structure in the Balkan region, where it oversees other large automotive customer installed bases in Macedonia, provides customers such as KSS with responsive turnaround times. Rigorous project management and intensive support provided by Lectra’s industry experts will enable KSS to safely launch production within a very demanding time-frame.
With the acquisition of Lectra’s airbag laser cutting and nesting technologies, KSS is set to expand production capacity in Macedonia, where it manufactures cut-and-sew airbags for the growing European market. A global leader in advance-engineered safety products and one of the world’s leading airbag makers, the Michigan-based firm recently celebrated its 100th anniversary of innovation in automotive safety technology.
“Leading vehicle manufacturers worldwide count on us to produce high-performance safety systems that are increasingly more compact, and feature enhanced design meeting evolving environmental and safety requirements,” says Bogdan Petruca, Plant Manager, KSS. “With our new FocusQuantum, we will be able to continue meeting customer expectations while gaining considerable competitive advantage with the control and capacity it delivers.”
“In the airbag business, profitability is determined during production,” states Céline Choussy Bedouet, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Lectra. “At a time when the worldwide airbag supplier ecosystem is regrouping from top to bottom, the unmatched productivity and cutting accuracy of FocusQuantum offer the assurance of quality approaching zero defects, even when handling large production volumes at high speeds.”
Posted December 21, 2016