Kongsberg Norway -- Kongsberg Automotive said 8 May that it had won two new contracts in the interior segment worth Euro 10.4 million ($13.4 million).
"Both these customers are very important to us, as they not only have high selling models in the North American market, but also hold strong global positions and hence represent a global growth potential for us," said executive VP for interiors, Scott Paquette, in a Kongsberg statement.
For both contracts, Norwegian group Kongsberg said it will supply the systems through a Tier 1 system supplier that builds the car interior for the OEMs.
These contracts demonstrate the company's ability to work with both the Tier 1s as well as the OEMs, Kongsberg said.
The first contract is for pneumatic lumbar support systems in "a large and very popular American car." These lumbar support systems are increasingly popular in the North American market due to offering low weight and good functionality in a small package.
Kongsberg Automotive claims to be a leading global player in this segment.
The second contract is for seat-actuation cables in what KA calls "an increasingly popular Japanese mid-size luxury crossover SUV (sport utility vehicle)."
Production for both vehicles is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2013, with production planned at both the Reynosa and Matamoros facilities in Mexico.
In a previous announcement in February, Kongsberg Automotive said it would deliver headrests and seat-heat systems worth Euro 42.5 million to a leading US car manufacturer.
Pacquette said of this deal, "This is not only two strong wins for us in the US market. It also supports our global approach as the relationship with this customer continues to develop in other regions outside North America."
The customer has a 'one corporate design' strategy which aligns with Kongsberg's global approach, he added.
The first contract is for seat-heat systems and second row headrests in a leading North American crossover utility vehicle (CUV), both for entry level and high-end luxury models. The second contract is for second row folding head restraints on a leading seven-passenger SUV in North America.
The new contracts show KA's ability to exploit its complete interior systems portfolio to "win more content on each vehicle," commented KA spokesperson Hans Jorgen Morland.
Production of both vehicles is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2014, at facilities in Reynosa, Mexico and Milan, Tennessee.