Katzkin Leather Named Exclusive Aftermarket Distributor For Gentherm Seat Heating/Cooling Systems

New Agreement Leads to Aftermarket Innovation

Aug 11, 2015, 07:21 ET from Katzkin Leather, Inc.

MONTEBELLO, Calif., Aug. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- By blending artisan craftsmanship with high-tech ingenuity, a newly-announced exclusive agreement between custom automotive leather leader Katzkin and Gentherm, the global market leader and developer of innovative thermal management technologies, leads to optimized seat comfort for the aftermarket industry. The two global leaders will be pioneering new comfort opportunities for consumers through Katzkin aftermarket channels.

The agreement includes the recent development and current distribution of the 'Degreez' seat heating and cooling system – a one-button technological application that delivers a thermal comfort feature for cars, trucks and SUVs. Katzkin is the official and exclusive distributor for Gentherm's individual heating and cooling systems within the aftermarket channel, and its more than 2,500 installation 'restylers' throughout the U.S. will have the ability to include Gentherm's breakthrough CCS technology. President and CEO Daniel R. Coker said "We're delighted to be working with an industry leader like Katzkin to bring our thermal electric-based heating/cooling technology to the aftermarket." Katzkin will deliver Degreez within the same 24-48 hour installation process timeframe (from order process to vehicle delivery) for a vehicle's leather interior transformation.

According to Tim Clyde, CEO of Katzkin, Gentherm provided their expertise in thermal comfort through the developmental phases in creating "Degreez," which uses Gentherm CCS technology (Climate Control Seating). Katzkin plans to showcase the technology during the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas this November. "Gentherm Climate Control Seating (CCS) is a perfect addition when upgrading an interior," said Clyde. "We are a company known for innovations in designs that provide affordable luxury – and providing our customers with the true comfort of heating and cooling seats further extends the luxury associated with an upgrade to leather." 

"We strive to always provide our customers with the best of the best, from concept to design to comfort, and the addition of the best heating and cooling applications, coupled in one system, provides consumers with an easy, affordable and advanced ability to further enjoy their driving experience," said Clyde. 

The "Degreez" state-of-the-art technology combines with Katzkin's perforated leather, providing three levels of heating and cooling -- all with one switch, for all season comfort. For more information, view www.katzkin.com.

About Gentherm

Gentherm is a global developer and marketer of innovative thermal management technologies for a broad range of heating and cooling and temperature control applications. Automotive products include actively heated and cooled seat systems and cup holders, heated and ventilated seat systems, thermal storage bins, heated automotive interior systems (including heated seats, steering wheels, armrests and other components), battery thermal management systems, cable systems and other electronic devices. Non-automotive products include remote power generation systems, heated and cooled furniture and other consumer and industrial temperature control applications. The Company's advanced technology team is developing more efficient materials for thermoelectrics and new systems for waste heat recovery and electrical power generation. Gentherm has nearly ten thousand employees in facilities in the U.S., Germany, Canada, China, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Ukraine and Vietnam. For more information, go to www.gentherm.com.

About Katzkin Leather, Inc.

Founded in 1983, Katzkin Leather, Inc., of Montebello, California is the leading manufacturer of custom leather interiors. With a nationwide installer base featuring over 2,500 restyling locations, Katzkin has created nearly two million exciting vehicle interiors in the past 30 years. Katzkin maintains more than 3,000 interior patterns, 135 colors and materials, and more custom options than any other interior manufacturer. For more information, visit Katzkin online at www.katzkin.com.

Contact: Deb Pollack, for Katzkin Leather, Inc.
(t) 805-320-9248 (e) deb@debpollack.com


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