Johnson Controls Completes Acquisition of C. Rob. Hammerstein Group

Acquisition Enables Johnson Controls’ Automotive Experience Business to Enhance Expertise in Metal Seat Structures, Expand into Premium Vehicle Segment

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, a leading global supplier of automotive seating systems, interior components and electronics, has completed the previously announced acquisition of the C. Rob. Hammerstein Group, a leading global supplier of high-quality metal seat structures, components and mechanisms based in Solingen, Germany. The European Commission in Brussels, Belgium approved the acquisition on Jan. 14, 2011.

The Hammerstein acquisition enables Johnson Controls’ Automotive Experience business to enhance its expertise in metal seat structures and expand into premium vehicle segments. Hammerstein’s strong product portfolio and customer base in the premium segment complements Johnson Controls’ product portfolio, which is primarily comprised of vehicle segments with high production volumes.

“Our goal is to establish a best-in-class metals organization within the seating components sector,” said Beda Bolzenius, Vice President, Johnson Controls and President, Automotive Experience. “The addition of Hammerstein complements our product and technology portfolio, expands our global manufacturing capabilities, and advances our strong market position.”

Hammerstein’s product capabilities include front seat structures, seat tracks and height adjusters, multi-way adjusters, power gear boxes, as well as special applications such as steering column adjusters. The company’s expertise includes the complete product development process, from design and engineering to the manufacture of individual components and complete seat systems.

For Johnson Controls, the combined footprint of the companies creates new opportunities for growth, particularly in emerging markets like China and Eastern Europe. The acquisition includes 11 locations (excluding joint ventures) and approximately 3,600 employees across seven countries worldwide. Johnson Controls will manage the acquisition integration from its Automotive Experience European headquarters in Burscheid, Germany.

About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries. Our 137,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. For additional information, please visit

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience:

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With more than 200 plants worldwide, we are where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of our products, from single components to complete interiors. With our global capability we supply more than 30 million cars per year.

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