Kongsberg Automotive, a Norwegian company specializing in seat equipment, has purchased Milan Seating Systems from Intier Automotive Seating of America Inc. Terms were not disclosed.
Milan Seating of Milan, Tenn., makes head restraints and armrests for the North American auto industry and employs 290 people.
Kongsberg expects Milan to generate annual sales of roughly $60 million. The addition of Milan will bring global sales of Kongsberg Automotive to about $400 million annually.
Ray Bomya, president of Kongsberg Automotive North America, says the company was having a hard time breaking into the North American market without a plant here. Its primary customers include Lear Corp., Johnson Controls Inc., Faurecia SA and Intier, he says.
Kongsberg supplies head restraints, lumbar systems, seat heaters and ventilation, and gear shifters. It has 17 operations in 12 countries and employs 525 people in North America.
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