Johnson Controls’ lightweight, renewable solution for vehicle interior components to debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show

CHyM process technology developed through years of evolution and innovation

DETROIT, Jan.14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive interiors and electronics, will debut its lightweight and renewable Compression Hybrid Molding (CHyM) process technology in a door panel substrate component at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

“With years of experience in natural fiber solutions, we continue to produce products that meet the changing needs of our customers and the industry,” said Han Hendriks, vice president, Advanced Product Development for Johnson Controls’ Automotive Electronics & Interiors. “CHyM is the latest example of our efforts to develop and differentiate ourselves in the industry through sustainable and innovative lightweight technology.”

The CHyM process technology integrates the advantages of both natural fiber and thermoplastics, allowing these technologies to be positioned exactly where they are needed for maximum product performance. A unique manufacturing process also contributes to the overall value of CHyM.

Additional benefits of the process technology include a 40 percent weight reduction compared to traditional polypropylene; an increase in stability through the combination of natural fiber and glass-filled polypropylene. CHyM provides among the highest strength-to-weight ratio when compared to products in the same cost category, a 30 percent increase in product stiffness and improved assembly to the body-in-white and part-to-part craftsmanship.

This is the 19th year Johnson Controls will be involved in the NAIAS as an event sponsor and exhibitor. Its 10,000-square-foot exhibit in room D2-15 of Detroit’s Cobo Center will be open to media and invited guests. A product overview press conference will be held at 6:30 a.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 14.

The NAIAS event – one of the world’s premier automotive exhibitions – opens to the media and industry officials on Monday, Jan. 14.

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About Johnson Controls:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 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. In 2012, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #5 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. 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 240 locations 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 approximately 50 million cars per year.


Debra Lacey



SOURCE Johnson Controls, Inc.