Johnson Controls to open second hq in China by 2017

Automotive seating supplier Johnson Controls will open its second global corporate headquarters, in Shanghai, China, by 2017, to take advantage of the country’s prowess in the global automotive market. The US-headquartered company says China is the primary market of expansion for Johnson Controls. Already well established in China for decades, the company continues to accelerate its growth there through plant openings, key customer partnerships, joint ventures and strategic agreements.

"While we already have the facilities and extensive relationships to serve the automotive market in China, we will continue to add manufacturing capacity and expand our operational footprint across our businesses as market demand grows," said Beda Bolzenius, Vice Chairman, Asia Pacific, Johnson Controls. "Our investments allow us to reach all parts of China and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole and provide fast, efficient and localized service to our customers."

An automotive seating market leader, Johnson Controls has many key partnerships and a broad manufacturing footprint in China, including 32 joint ventures, 61 manufacturing plants in 30 cities and 22,000 employees. The company was recently recognized for its capabilities in China with the "Top Employer China" award for the fourth consecutive year

Johnson Controls supports customers' growth strategies through its world-class engineering, innovation and industrial design capabilities. The company operates local design studios, global technical centres and engineering offices across China with full testing capabilities, including two industry-leading sled test labs.

In May 2014, Johnson Controls and Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems signed a definitive agreement to form a global automotive interiors joint venture. The transaction is expected to close in 2015.

In July 2014, Johnson Controls signed an agreement with Shanghai Yanfeng Industry and Commerce Co and Anhui Yansheng Automotive Trim Co to form a new fabrics joint venture in Huainan City, Anhui Province, China. The joint venture, named Anhui New Nangang Johnson Controls Automotive Trim Co. provides Chinese automakers with seating services from fabric design, engineering and manufacturing to trim products. In addition, the joint venture offers the capability of warp knitting and circular knitting, and its product portfolio includes woven fabrics, as well as seat trim covers.

As the global leader in automotive batteries, Johnson Controls is well-positioned to help the Chinese automotive industry grow by offering solutions to meet increasingly strict fuel efficiency and emissions regulations.

The company's Power Solutions battery business has 14 million units of capacity to serve the China market, with more than 1,000 employees in two plants, one research and development facility, and a China headquarters in Shanghai. In June 2014, Power Solutions opened a plant in Chongqing (western China), adding to its existing operations in Changxing (eastern China).

In May 2014, Johnson Controls announced it had signed a long-term automotive battery supply agreement with SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor), a further indication of Johnson Controls' commitment to expand rapidly in China. The company provides its Absorbent Glass Mat batteries to power SAIC Motor's Start-Stop vehicles.

(IMA)

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