As the world leader in performance and luxury automotive seating, Lear delivers seating masterpieces for the highest-profile sports cars and most desirable luxury vehicles. We provide content to more than 300 automotive nameplates internationally.
Excellence in our field requires creativity from the start that can be channeled to the highest standards through manufacturing. We begin with art and finish our vision at production.
Our renowned design insight engages our comparable engineering excellence, as our teams seamlessly work together to bring innovation to the advanced models of the most prestigious automobile companies around the world.
No other seating manufacturer provides the level of craftsmanship, elegance in design, use of innovative materials and industry-leading technology required by premium automakers globally.
Lear Corporation is one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems. The company’s best-in-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of more than 122,000 employees located in 36 countries.
Lear’s headquarters are in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Further information is available at lear.com.View website
Adient is a global leader in automotive seating. With 75,000 employees operating 230 manufacturing/assembly plants in 33 countries worldwide, we produce and deliver automotive seating for all vehicle classes and all major OEMs. From complete seating systems to individual components, our expertise spans every step of the automotive seat-making process. Our integrated, in-house skills allow us to take our products from research and design all the way to engineering and manufacturing – and into more than 25 million vehicles every year. For more information on Adient, please visit adient.comView website
Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets.
Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, media and entertainment industries – including the last 19 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects – use Autodesk software to design, visualise, and simulate their ideas before they’re built or created. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy, to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of our 3D software customers is everywhere you look.
Through our apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android we’re also making design technology accessible to professional designers and amateur designers, homeowners, students, and casual creators – anyone who wants to create and share their ideas with the world.View website
BASF is the world’s leading chemical supplier to the automotive industry. With the most extensive chemical product portfolio in the industry, BASF develops chemistry-driven innovation for efficient lightweight construction, electromobility, lower emissions and greater design freedom.
At BASF, we don’t do design, but we do help to make design projects even more successful with the right material. We bridge the gap between the creative ideas of the designers and the possibilities but also the limits of materials. BASF’s design consultation centre, designfabrik®, offers support in every phase of the design process that extends beyond the selection of material to component design, the right processing methods as well as the choice of surfaces and colours.View website
CH-Auto is a professional automotive R&D service company, founded in August 2003 in Beijing. CH-Auto provides customers worldwide with automobile design development and engineering services. Furthermore, CH-Auto provides other services such as competitive benchmarking, show cars, electric cars and electric car products. To date, CH-Auto serves more than 30 renowned automotive manufacturers in China and abroad. And we have undertaken more than 40 complete vehicle and improvement modification projects on a variety of passenger cars, SUV, MPV, roadsters and pickup trucks. Our success is evidenced by the many well-known and popular vehicles in the market.View website
Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the vehicle manufacturer is one of the biggest producers of premium passenger cars and the largest global manufacturer of commercial vehicles.
The current brand portfolio includes Mercedes-Benz, smart and Maybach, plus the commercial vehicle brands Freightliner, Western Star, Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses.View website
Dinamica is the Italian ecological suede made of recycled polyester with an innovative water-based manufacturing process in which no harmful chemical solvents are used. In 2012 we obtained EPD certification, the most advanced Environmental Product Declaration, for our automotive product line.
Dinamica is unique and takes you into a realm which is exclusive, elegant, beautiful, charming and one which elicits pure emotions. We are passionate about excellence and produce recyclable microfibers that are environmentally friendly to the highest standards.
Dinamica is perfect for seats and backrests, as well as for panels, roof lining and door interiors.View website
DJI has grown from a single, small office in 2006 to a global workforce of over 8,000 employees today, with premises in China, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan and Hong Kong. DJI is headquartered in Shenzhen, a city widely considered to be China’s Silicon Valley, offering an abundance of young and creative talent as well as proximity to suppliers and raw materials. As a privately owned and operated company, DJI supports creative, commercial, and not-for-profit applications of aerial robotics and handheld gimbals.
DJI’s technology empowers people to capture images that were previously out of reach. Our flying platforms and camera stabilisation systems redefine perspectives and movement. Beautiful photos and videos, treasured personal memories, as well as high-end professional imagery are captured every day, in every corner of the world, by DJI products.
We do this through an unparalleled commitment to R&D, a culture of constant innovation and curiosity, and a focus on transforming complex technology into easy-to-use devices. Building on the ethos of “form follows function”, our products combine advanced technology with dynamic design.
Today, DJI’s products are redefining the way we monitor, inspect, capture images and collect data, in a broad range of industries. DJI helps professionals in filmmaking, agriculture, conservation, search and rescue, energy and infrastructure to accomplish their work safer, faster, and with greater efficiency than ever before.View website
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Established in 1986, Geely has complete vehicle manufacturing in multiple sites across China producing more than 30 models. We have reached many milestones, and won multiple awards as we continue to strive towards a bigger global footprint. Our acquisition and tie up with Volvo and London Taxis have evidences this commitment to growth. As does the establishment of four design centres around the world which have attracted international and local talent ranging from experienced professionals to new graduates.View website
sponsors the design brief: Haval Dakar
Great Wall is the largest manufacturer of SUVs in China with two brands, Haval and Great Wall itself. We are dedicated to making high quality ‘exquisite’ products under the concept ‘focus, dedication and specialisation’. Haval has been the market leader in China for 13 consecutive years. We have four vehicle manufacturing bases, over 40 subsidiaries and more than 70,000 employees.View website
Founded in early 2010, ICONA brings together some of the best international design, engineering, modelling and prototyping experience in the automotive sector for the benefit of its customers all over the world.
Created in response to the increasing demand for high-quality design projects, ICONA is unique among European design studios because the entire design team is permanently based in Shanghai, Turin and in Los Angeles, close to the customers’ locations.
In the past six years, ICONA has grown to be a world leading automotive design company. With the establishment of branches in Turin and Los Angeles in 2016, ICONA now provides a more comprehensive and international service to our customers and has become the world’s first automotive design company that covers Asia, Europe and America.View website
sponsors the design brief: Urban Electric Mobility
JAC was founded in 1964 and listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (600418) in 2001.
JAC is a comprehensive automaker with a full-line of independent brand vehicles in China, including light, medium and heavy-duty trucks, MPVs, SRVs, sedans and buses. We also produce bus chassis, engineering machinery, engines and gearboxes. JAC has achieved an annual production capacity today of over 800,000 units and is in the top 10 of the Chinese auto industry.
JAC owns a national-level R&D Center in Hefei and opened China’s first overseas R&D Center in Turin, Italy, in 2005, and a second in Tokyo, Japan, in 2006. JAC is dedicated to strict quality control and constant management improvement. In 2006, JAC was awarded the “Recommended Brand for Export” and the “Most Competitive Brand in Market”.View website
Kinetic Will Associates (KWA) provides a full A-to-Z creative design service to a range of well-know auto industry clients. Since 2007, KWA’s experts have worked on styling, digital modelling, physical modelling, engineering, prototyping and more of both show cars and production cars for a host of carmakers.
We believe that everything is possible, and use our experience of more than 10 years to think beyond the normal and challenge the expectations of the automotive industry.View website
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About Nissan in China
Nissan came to China in 1973, and the brand has developed rapidly in China since the 1990s. As the wholly owned subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. based in Beijing, Nissan (China) Investment Co., Ltd. (NCIC) manages Nissan’s investment in China together with the parent company. Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. (DFL) is a joint-venture between Nissan and Dongfeng Motor Corporation. Under it, Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) mainly produces passenger vehicles, while Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co., Ltd. (ZNA) specialises in light commercial vehicles. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold 1.25 million vehicles in China.
Nissan Design China
Nissan Design China is one of Nissan’s four global design studios, and is responsible for the design and development of both concept cars and production vehicles for the Nissan and Infiniti brands. Here the inspiration and creativity of Chinese designers are utilised to deliver attractive and innovative designs to China, Asian countries, and worldwide markets as well.View website
sponsors the design brief: Efficiency is the new elegance | NEXT GEN CROSSOVER for PEUGEOT in 2030
Since its establishment in 1810, Peugeot has developed a profound understanding of making cars with the perfect combination of excellence and emotion.
During more than two-hundred years of operating, Peugeot has remained true to the high quality and innovative nature of the traditional French manufacturing industry. Adhering to the brand’s philosophy of “Excellence, Emotion and Allure”, Peugeot constantly adds to its brand DNA with pioneering concepts, creating cutting-edge designs, one after another.View website
Technicon Design has teams working across Europe, China and the USA recruiting both temporary and permanent placements. We have an extensive database of hand-picked international experts for design-related positions. May we help you staffing?
Passionate design and engineering teams in Shanghai, Munich, Paris, Cologne & Frankfurt, Barcelona and Greensboro will pave the way for your great visions to become reality. Come and visit our brand new facility in Shanghai to find out more!
We offer high-end, car design-focused Alias, Maya and VRED courses. As a certified Autodesk training centre we support the development and training of the most up-to-date digital workflows and processes.
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sponsors the design brief: Volkswagen Group Autonomous Flying Pod
The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automobiles and commercial vehicles and the largest carmaker in Europe. With its future programme “TOGETHER-Strategy 2025” the Group is laying the foundations for becoming a global leader of sustainable mobility.
In parallel with this the Group is expanding its design and creative reach in China. Alongside the two joint venture design studios of SAIC Volkswagen in Shanghai (around 80 employees) and FAW-Volkswagen in Changchun (around 50 employees) later this Year the Group will open the “Future Center Asia” in Beijing.
The Future Center will house a cross-functional team of 50 creatives in a think tank environment developing future designs, advanced user experience concepts and disruptive business models.View website
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors. YFAI is redefining how people relax, work and play in their vehicle interiors, both today and decades from now. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has approximately 100 manufacturing plants and technical centres in 18 countries and more than 30,000 employees globally. They design, develop and manufacture interior components for all automakers. Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is a joint venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (HASCO), the component group of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor), and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. For more information, please visit www.YFAI.com.View website
Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a world leader in art and design education and prepares students to enter the new, global economy where creativity shapes better communities and societies. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees.
Students in the undergraduate program can major in Advertising, Art Education, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. Students in the MFA program can major in Color & Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design.
In the early 1980s, Bose engineers created the world’s first factory-installed premium automotive sound systems. Unlike conventional or aftermarket automotive systems, Bose systems were designed and tuned for a specific vehicle – and changed the industry.
Since then, Bose has developed proprietary speaker designs, advanced amplification and signal processing technologies, exclusive analysis and design tools, and technology for managing engine and powertrain sounds inside vehicles – all based on a heritage of research and engineering.
Today, Bose automotive sound systems are recognized globally as the industry benchmark for performance and customer satisfaction, validated by independent research that rates Bose as the top choice among car consumers in multiple global regions. For more information, visit BoseAutomotive.com.View website