Johnson Controls Expands Lectra Use In Europe

Johnson Controls in Europe has
invested in computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing technologies worth 5 million euros
from Paris-based Lectra. The Milwaukee-based automotive interior maker has chosen Lectra’s
VectorAuto MP9 mass production multiply cutter as well as a training, consulting and services
package as part of its contract with the provider of software and equipment for textiles, leather
and other soft materials.

The automated VectorAuto MP9 can cut automotive materials up to 9 centimeters in thickness
according to geometrically complex patterns and using state-of-the-art software, Lectra reports.
The machine uses a digitally controlled variable vacuum system to cut materials precisely,
including those that are foam-laminated. Machine features include a rapid-change dual drill, the
ability to cut a variety of standard data formats, a bar code input system and an automatic
bristle-cleaning system.

Johnson Controls asked Lectra to develop a machine suitable for its high productivity and
performance demands, and, in 2004, bought four of the resulting VectorAuto MP9s for its Romanian
and Portuguese plants. The company recently decided to expand automated cutting in its facilities
in emerging automotive markets.

May 2, 2006