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Rich heritage. New independence.

Oct. 31, 2016, marks the moment our company started trading on the New York Stock Exchange – and the day that we officially became Adient. But while this may be the first step in our new chapter of independence, our history began long before. Originally known as Johnson Controls Automotive Experience, we have more than 30 years of experience, expertise and excellence.

Today, we’re continuing our tradition of doing things the right way – and move forward with the freedom to focus exclusively on our own company. And on our own future. Which means we can reinvest in our business – and help our customers grow and prosper even more. 

The more we grow, the more our customers gain. As we continue to advance the broader world in motion, our products, services and offerings improve. That’s why we’re committed to achieving $1 billion in annual revenues from non-automotive markets over the next five years. 

Scroll for our timeline of 30 years of automotive seating excellence.

1985

With the acquisition of Hoover Universal, Johnson Controls enters the automotive seating business.

1989

The acquisition of Naue Group and Lahnwerke expands Johnson Controls' seating portfolio.

1996

Further expanding its interiors product spectrum, Johnson Controls acquires Prince Corporation.

1998

The acquisition of Becker Group strengthens Johnson Controls capabilities in complete interiors.

2007

The company acquires Lander Automotive – seat adjusters.

2008

JCIM – a joint venture with the interiors business of Plastech Engineered Products – launches.

2010

Two notable acquisitions: slush skin specialist Benoac Fertigtelle GmbH and Michel Thierry Group for fabrics and lamination.

2011

Johnson Controls announces the acquisition of Hammerstein Group and Keiper, experts in seating metal structures, components and mechanisms, and the performance vehicle seating specialist RECARO Automotive Seating.

2015

Johnson Controls and Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd. form the Yanfeng Automotive Interiors joint venture, the world’s largest supplier of automotive interiors parts.

2016

JCI Automotive Experience legally separates from Johnson Controls to become Adient and debuts on the New York Stock Exchange as ADNT.