Peugeot 3008 – Developing complete seats

Bertrandt france sets up an efficient upholstery Workshop  

Bertrandt’s Paris site was awarded an important project by PSA: developing complete upholstered seats for the Peugeot 3008, which involved the interaction of a wide range of different components. Bertrandt designed and made more than 250 different seat covers, backrests and seat bases. 

 

The Peugeot P8x project for the creation of complete upholstered seats consisted of two models: the P84 for the Peugeot 3008 and the P87 for the Peugeot 5008. The contract was awarded in a new way. Bertrandt France was given responsibility for the entire development process, including tool making, with the exception of the parts transferred from previous models, the metal seat structures and the plastic slots for the headrest guides. Bertrandt’s initial strategy was to collaborate with an external upholstery company.

Because of the pace of work required, the long distance between the two companies and the accompanying costs, this strategy soon proved to be problematic. Therefore, the project team decided to set up an upholstery workshop on the premises of Bertrandt France in order to ensure that the seat covers could be developed and created reliably, right through to industrial production by the supplier.

 

Efficient creation of seat covers

Bertrandt SAS also decided to invest in the Lectra software package for the creation and technical definition of the seat covers. The process improvements and efficient change management system provided by this software resulted in the required level of operational excellence. The 3D version of the models used to create the final seat covers was converted into a 2D version using this software tool. After the digital design phase, the upholsterers produced several iterations of the seat covers and resized them on the basis of customer feedback. These phases were referred to as “implementation loops”. The goal of the Bertrandt team was to complete the implementation process in a maximum of three loops after the initial presentation of the seat.

Digitisation using ScanGraph

The digitisation process allowed the models to be scanned and converted into digital form very quickly. In order to record the history of the seat cover implementation process, a reverse engineering approach was used at the end of each phase to document the technical definition. This contained all the relevant data, including the cover design, cardboard models and digital models, and enabled the cutting process for the seat covers to be managed efficiently.

 

In a strong position for the future

The French upholstery workshop will be expanded in order to meet the requirements of manufacturers from France and elsewhere in Europe. It is already working closely with Bertrandt’s upholstery department in Wolfsburg. The plan is to provide upholstery services for the luxury segments of the aviation and shipping industries, for vintage cars and for special vehicles belonging to collectors. The original challenge faced by Bertrandt France has opened up a variety of new and interesting prospects.

In brief

The upholstery workshop at bertrandt france

  • Highly experienced upholsterers
  • Comprehensive equipment for an industrial upholstery workshop
  • Dedicated CAD tools for a rapid response
  • Customised upholstery for individual customers
  • Complete development of seat covers for vehicle, train and aircraft manufacturers
  • Volume production and process management