Faurecia? / I [ fɔ ː R'sia ] is a global automotive supplier headquartered in Nanterre (France). The French company employed a 2012 94.000 employees at 320 locations spread across 34 countries. The annual sales of Faurecia in 2012 was 17.36 billion euros, compared to 16.19 billion in 2011. Worldwide, Faurecia, next to the German company Bosch and Continental, the ten largest automotive suppliers.

Faurecia designs, develops and manufactures (as of 2011 ) in four business areas; These are car seats, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors.

  • 3.1 Car Seats
  • 3.2 Emissions Control Technologies
  • 3.3 Interior Systems
  • 3.4 Automotive Exteriors
  • 4.1 Light Attitude
  • 4.2 Premium Attitude
  • 4.3 Prêt -à -Porter
  • 4.4 Urban Rhythm
  • 4.5 Seating study Oasis


The roots of the Faurecia Group date back to the year 1810. Received its current name Faurecia 1999, when the company Bertrand Faure and Ecia merged. Ecia from the group PSA Peugeot Citroën faltered this year its direct and indirect interests in Bertrand Faure on 99 percent.


Opened in 1810, the brothers Jean -Pierre and Frédéric Peugeot, together with Jacques Maillard -Salins a steel foundry for the production of saw blades in Hérimoncourt, a village in eastern France. Only a few years later they were active in the area of ​​tool manufacture and opened factories in the area of Montbéliard. From 1850, more businesses were added, the Peugeot lion in 1858 first appeared on tools. After Peugeot had invented the tricycle in 1880, the company began just a year later with the modern automobile production. As a result, Peugeot announced on the first Raw steel for a patent.

In the second half of the 20th century, the company entered the market in the manufacture of automotive parts, which include seats, exhaust systems and steering columns included. ( Acier & Outillages Peugeot - Peugeot steel and tools) In 1987, the Peugeot daughters AOP merged and Cycles Peugeot finally and formed the new company Ecia ( equipements et Composants pour l'Industrie Automobile - Equipment and components for the automotive industry). In the following decade Ecia took over several major companies and was the European market leader for exhaust systems, seats, parts of the vehicle interior trim and front parts, before the company merged with Bertrand Faure to Faurecia.

Bertrand Faure

Bertrand Faure opened his first workshop in 1914, which specialized in the production of seats for trams and the Paris Métro in Levallois -Perret. Fifteen years later, the company acquired the license for a new method with the he was able to produce spring mattresses and perfecting the seats for the automotive industry. The businesses of seating manufacture for trams and cars developed rapidly after the Second World War. Bertrand Faure has established itself internationally and acquired in 1991 by the acquisition of the German Rentrop group, the European market leader in the field of vehicle technology. Later, Bertrand Faure group focused exclusively on the production of vehicle seats.


On 11 December 1997 Ecia submitted to the Company Bertrand Faure a takeover bid by wanted to increase its direct and indirect shares in the company to 99 percent. The merger and establishment of the Faurecia group came two years later and resulted in a business with 32,000 employees, a turnover of more than 4 billion euros and an international presence, which had strong ties with major automobile manufacturers, especially in Germany. 1999 Faurecia acquired the U.S. company AP Automotive Systems, enabling it to expand its business for exhaust systems in the North American market. Another acquisition followed with summer Allibert, a company that specialized in vehicle interiors, a year later. Due to the establishment of the summer Allibert line of business in Germany and Spain decreed Faurecia in Europe significant market shares in particular in the field of door panels, instrument panels and acoustic packages. The acquisition was financed by the Faurecia 's parent company PSA Peugeot Citroën, which topped up his stake in Faurecia to 71.5 percent. On February 8, 2010 Faurecia expanded his business Emissions Control Technologies with the acquisition of EMCON Technologies. Thus, Faurecia has claims to be the world's leading suppliers of emission control technologies.

After approval by the European competition authorities and the completion of the contract agreements, Faurecia acquired the automotive supplier of Kunststofftaußenteile Plastal Germany on 31 March 2010 and officially integrated into the Business Faurecia Automotive Exteriors. With this division Faurecia is the new European market leader. Faurecia to acquire all six German Plastal plants with approximately 2,000 employees. Were paid 33 million euros as a purchase price. Faurecia, the Spanish subsidiary of Plastal GmbH on 1 October 2010 - Plastal Spain SA, Barcelona - acquired. The French automotive supplier takes on all four Spanish sites with a total of 700 employees.

In October 2010, Faurecia has also taken over the HOERBIGER Automotive Comfort Systems GmbH ( HAKS ) in Schongau and developed the technology in the field of complete seats. The HAKS was one of the leading providers of automotive comfort systems and a leader in pneumatic seat comfort systems. On 23 November 2010, Faurecia has signed an agreement to buy the Angell - Demmel Europe GmbH - a company that specializes in the production of interior fittings made of real metal. After completion of the purchase Angell - Demmel was integrated into the Faurecia Interior Systems division. On 18 January 2011, Faurecia has announced that the Group holds a 21.2 percent stake in the Danish company Amminex A / S. Amminex is a group with expertise in the treatment of nitrogen oxides and is the inventor of the "Ammonia Storage and Delivery System " ( ASDS ). The transaction had a value of 19.5 million euros. Faurecia is cooperating with the specialty chemicals company Rhodia since November 2009. In February 2011, the two companies confirmed this cooperation with the signing of an agreement on common Entwicklung.Faurecia and Rhodia will be developing components for lightweight seats.

Since the increase to over 71 % of the share capital in 2000, PSA has reduced this by 2012 to 57.4 percent. There has been speculation over again about the fact that Peugeot could sell its subsidiary to fill his coffers, given the catastrophic financial situation. In an interview Yann Delabrière explained that Faurecia is prepared for sale by PSA Peugeot Citroën. PSA chief financial officer Jean- Baptist de Chatillon reiterated, however, that the automotive supplier " not for sale " is.


Faurecia supplies all major automotive manufacturers in the world.

By customer of the company's 2012 revenues are distributed as follows:


Faurecia specializes in four business segments: car seats, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. The activities of Faurecia are aligned to the delivery of complete modules and individual components, which include both in-house manufactured components and delivered delivered.

Car Seats

The French automotive designs and manufactures all components of a seat: frames, adjustment mechanisms, rails, foams and seat covers. The car seats offer solutions for security as the whiplash protection, comfort, quality, modularity and weight reduction that can be achieved inter alia through the use of natural or recycled materials.

Emissions Control Technologies

Developed to control emissions in the area of ​​technologies and produces Faurecia Complete exhaust systems, catalytic converters, manifold of up to mufflers and diesel particulate filters. Since the acquisition of EMCON Technologies in February 2010, Faurecia is a global leader in this area.

Interior Systems

In the field of interior designing systems of automotive instrument panels, center consoles, door panels and modules as well as acoustic modules. As part of SAS, the joint venture with Continental, Faurecia supplies automotive manufacturers with turnkey interior systems from its just- in-time works.

Automotive Exteriors

Faurecia produces three external modules: front-end (including engine cooling systems ), external systems ( bumpers, design elements) and bumper systems. The production of bumpers and front-end modules is 4.5 million pieces per year.

Research & Development

In its research facilities, the Group focuses on six areas: quality, comfort, safety, environmental protection, cost reduction and integration capability. Overall, the company employs 5,000 engineers and technicians in 30 research and development centers.

Light Attitude

In 2008, Faurecia has presented the concept study " Light Attitude " first time at the LA Auto Show. The company presented thus its solutions for lightweight construction in the fields of car seats, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. With the products from its four divisions, the company has an impact of up to 20 percent of the car's weight. As part of the " Light Attitude " study Faurecia reduced the weight of the vehicle by up to 30 kilograms. For example, the seat of concept study was designed slim and space-saving, and the backrest is made of a very thin and lightweight nylon and fiberglass frame. In the cockpit and door area traditional deck materials were saved and support materials exposed. In addition to weight savings, another focus of this study was the ability to recycle the parts of the vehicle, so that emphasis was placed on the use of recyclable and lighter materials.

Premium Attitude

In November 2007, Faurecia presented his concept study " Premium Attitude " first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show. With this study, the company demonstrates its vision of a premium automobile: Numerous innovations for the vehicle interior were installed this in a classic Tatra 603/2 of 1972. Among the technological innovations of the concept car include the use of natural wood, a seat cushion that conforms in strength, depth and angle of the height of the rider, a retractable luggage compartment and an intelligent, self-supporting instrument panel.

Prêt -à -Porter

Faurecia Interior Systems, presented 2011 at the LA Auto Show, the design concept of prêt -à -porter ( ready to wear '). Overall, this concept seven areas of development were considered: Premium materials and decorations, solutions for cuts and seams, on-board computer with an embedded human- machine interface ( HMI), smartphone integration, and wireless charging of smartphones, seamlessly integrated ventilation, comfort and wellness features such as a built-in massage function on the ground as well as the illumination with visible structure.

Urban Rhythm

A narrow seat with a thermoplastic surface, to fit the body size and the shape and posture of the occupant and thus the lumbar region, pelvis and the shoulders of the traveler support strengthened. Urban Rhythm has an elastic plastic backrest, cushion and headrest that complement each other in color and the occupant comfort and whiplash protection.

Seat study Oasis

For chauffeured travelers of the Oasis Seat offers a customized and personal space with different positions to work, entertain and relax. They are equipped with surround sound speakers in the headrest, HMI touch with gesture control and 20 cells massage from neck to calf, all operated via a screen.

Faurecia in Germany

In Germany, where Faurecia also manufactures in all business areas, the company employs about 11,000 people and has ten research and development centers. His German headquarters has Faurecia in Hagen. The largest German site is located in Augsburg.

In June 2013, Faurecia opened the workshop for ideas " dWorks " for the discovery and development of car seats in Munich. From here to support them in the development of new concepts to market in the future, the European Automobile Manufacturers. The choice of location was based on the central location in Europe and its proximity to several major German automobile manufacturers, many technology companies and prestigious universities of Munich.


For the premium automotive concept study " Premium Attitude ", the French automotive supplier with design awards "red dot design award ", " Observeur du design ", " Janus de l'Industrie " and was "iF product design Award". The customers of the supplier Faurecia awarded several awards for its quality and reliability. So the company has received, among others, in 2010 for Best International Supplier to "Volkswagen Group Award ". In addition, Faurecia was honored by PSA Peugeot Citroën with the " Quality Award" and by Nissan with the "Global Quality Award". Ford drew the automotive supplier based in the "World Excellence Award". In addition to prices of customers Faurecia were also repeatedly given awards for its quality as an employer - most recently the award " Top Automotive Employer 2011/12 ".


In 2006, Faurecia was involved in a bribery scandal. According to prosecutors, payments have been doing for years paid to employees of car manufacturers to secure orders for the company. The former head of the French auto supplier, Pierre Lévi, was involved in this affair, and therefore resigned on 2 August 2006. The prosecutor saw it proven that he had approved bribes totaling 1.25 million euros within five years and sentenced him to one year probation and a fine of 300,000 euros. As the new Chairman and CEO of Faurecia Yann Delabrière was appointed on 20 February 2007, who heads the company today. Under his involvement led Faurecia in 2007 as a consequence of the corruption probe, a Code of Ethics a. It sets out the principles of conduct at Faurecia for both the company's internal use and for external relations.