New French plant to produce seats for Ford’s F-Series trucks

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A Ford truck with French seats?

Even Faurercia SA, the French company that will be supplying seats for Ford’s F-Series line-up sans the F-150, admits the arrangement is unusual since France is not exactly pickup country.

Faurecia, however, interested in seeking new opportunities outside its home market, has been busy pursuing the U.S. pickup market for several years, according to

To that end, Faurecia celebrated the opening of a new seat manufacturing plant Friday in Simponsonville, Ky. About 25 miles to the west is Ford’s truck plant in Louisville, Ky., where Faurecia will be supplying seats for the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550.

The F-650 and F-750 produced at Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio will also be getting seats from Faurecia.

In 2008, Faurecia gained its first North American pickup contract when it began supplying Ford with seating components. Since then, other pickup contracts with North American manufacturers have emerged. The Nissan Titan and Frontier and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon contain seats, instrument and door panels made by Faurecia, which employs about 20,000 people in North America at 36 plants.