Johnson Controls Gains Recognition for Excellence With Global Contribution Award From Toyota Motor Corporation

Leading supplier of auto seats, interiors and batteries is honored for its outstanding performance during 2008


PLYMOUTH, Mich., March 4 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls – a major global supplier of automotive seating, interior systems electronics and batteries – was recognized by Toyota Motor Corporation as a winner of the automaker’s Global Contribution Award. The honor, which recognizes companies that achieved top performance during the past year, was presented on February 27 at Toyota’s 2009 Supplier Convention in Toyota City, Japan.




Only three suppliers worldwide earned the Global Contribution Awards, which are among Toyota’s annual "Grand Awards." The Global Contribution Award represents one of the automaker’s highest supplier honors. Johnson Controls was the only supplier of vehicle interior products – and the only U.S. company – to gain top recognition this year.


Toyota suppliers that have international business relationships with the automaker are eligible for Global Contribution Awards. Those considered for top honors must provide Toyota with consistent value, perform in an outstanding fashion, and fully comply with the automaker’s purchasing policies and other key standards throughout the year.


Stephen Roell, chairman and chief executive officer for Johnson Controls, accepted the 2008 Global Contribution Award from Toyota Chairman Fujio Cho.


"This is an important honor from one of the world’s premier automotive companies, and we would like to thank Toyota for recognizing the contributions that our employees make towards its success," said Roell. "In addition, I would like to salute and thank the Johnson Controls team for its outstanding performance. We are strongly committed to continuing our long and successful partnership with Toyota that began in 1984.


"At Johnson Controls locations throughout the world, our people contributed to this outstanding achievement, and they take great pride in working every day to provide world-class products for Toyota vehicles," he said. "This prestigious honor rewards the efforts of our team and our supply base that supports and adds real value to Toyota operations worldwide."


Johnson Controls provides automotive seating, interior trim, electronic components and batteries for a variety of Toyota models manufactured in North America, Europe, South America, Japan and Southeast Asia. 2009 marks the 25th year that Johnson Controls has been doing business with Toyota.


Toyota also recognized Johnson Controls with Global Contribution Awards for outstanding performance in 2004 and 2000.


Johnson Controls is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit



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