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Camaco LLC
www.camacollc.com / Revenues: $360 million / Headquarters: Farmington Hills, Mich. / Vishal
Pradhan, global purchasing manager: "We move at a speed that many of the larger companies can't."

Midwest

In The Driver's Seat
direct contracts with automotive oems and a focus on quality practices help
seating frame manufacturer camaco llc succeed and grow. by jim harris
camaco's plant in germany
uses laser and robotic weld
cells to produce frames for
the audi q7 luxury suv.

In terms of function and importance, a car's seat is perhaps second to
only the engine in priority. Although
the vehicle can function without it,
there's little doubt that a well-made
and comfortable seat is absolutely
essential to a motorist's experience.
Camaco LLC has ensured that
experience is a positive and safe one
since its inception in 1996. The company, headquartered in Farmington
Hills, Mich., is the largest independent supplier of engineered seat
frames to the North American automotive industry. The company
recently relocated its offices from
Novi, Mich., in order to double its
office space.
Camaco's
products
include
stamped metal and wire frame seat
structures, headrest and armrest
structures, visor rod and towel bars,
complementary metal reinforcement
components, and instrument panel
and console substrates.
"We are a fully vertically integrated supplier that manufactures the
structure of the seat from the floor
up," Global Purchasing Manager
Vishal Pradhan says. "We manufacture and design mechanisms ourselves or integrate mechanisms from
other suppliers into our seats and
ship them to Tier 1 suppliers of the
OEMs choice."

Direct Connections
Camaco contracts directly with automotive OEMs, who specify the Tier 1
suppliers that Camaco ultimately
ships completed systems to for final
trim. The Tier 1 suppliers then ship
the seats to the OEM's assembly lines.
Working directly with automotive
OEMs instead of industry suppliers
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