Valerio Garcia works for Faurecia’s, Pole of Competence and is based in Valencia, Spain as Leather Team Leader overseeing a team of seven specialists. His main function is to collect and summarise all the know-how for leather and cut & sew technology for Faurecia Interior System’s worldwide and uses his knowledge to create the standards and specifications for tools, machines, processes, etc within the business.

Valerio Garcia joins, Florian Schrey, Director of Design Europe for GST Seton Autoleather who will also be one of the key speakers at the conference in Shanghai on September 2.

The half-day conference will take place at the prestigious five-star Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in the Pudong district of Shanghai. The timing and the location of the conference has been specifically chosen to be located opposite the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC), the venue for the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), which takes place September 3-5.

About Faurecia

Faurecia is the 6th largest international automotive parts manufacturer in the world; in 2013 it was number one for vehicle interiors and emission control technology. Faurecia equips One in four automobiles worldwide. It designs and manufactures seats (including leather); exhaust systems, interior systems (dashboards, centre consoles, door panels, acoustic modules) exterior modules (front ends, exterior systems and shock absorption systems) and decorative aspects of a vehicle (aluminium, wood). Faurecia’s customers include the Volkswagen group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault-Nissan, Ford, General Motors, BMW, Daimler, Fiat/Chrysler, Toyota and Hyundai-Kia among others.

Headquartered in Nanterre, France, Faurecia employs 5,500 engineers and technicians. The company operates over 320 production sites and 30 R&D centres in 34 countries worldwide, with 460 patents filed in 2012. About half of these sites are manufacturing plants operating on the just-in-time principle. Faurecia joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2004. While French car manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën is Faurecia’s controlling shareholder, holding around 57.4% stake, Faurecia is run as an independent company.

Faurecia Asia operations

In March 2012, the company announced that it would build a new, 215,000 ft2 auto components plant in Dongguan, a city in southern China. In India, Faurecia employs about 1,600 people, 700 of which are engineers. Currently, it operates nine manufacturing plants and two technical centres in the country, representing its Emissions Control Technology, Automotive Seating (including leather), Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors business groups.

ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Conference

The conference is organised by International Leather Maker (ILM) and is sponsored by National Beef, Lectra and Trumpler. BASF and APLF Ltd are also supporters of the event.

Further speakers and topics from across the automotive leather supply chain will be announced by ILM over the coming weeks. For further information and delegate registration click on the link: ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Conference or email: Maria Wallace,