Paris-French automotive interiors and seating supplier Faurecia recently took part in the launch of a new student training programme, called "Innovation product creation." This project was run by the Ecole Centrale de Paris, a French engineering school, and ESSEC, a French business school.
An international team of six students, supported by Faurecia's marketing department and R&D experts, looked at how to reduce the weight of automotive seats and how to determine the value of this reduction. Faurecia said the results of this project will be integrated into its innovation process.
Through such sponsorship, Faurecia aims to increase links with French engineering schools and increase the contribution of external talents to its innovation process.
Faurecia said the success of the seating programme has stimulated it to continue sponsoring the scheme with the Ecole Centrale de Paris and ESSEC over the next academic year.