Johnson Controls plans further production expansion in China

Presence in China will get stronger with 11 new production facilities

PLYMOUTH, MICH. (September 12, 2013) – Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, seating components, automotive electronics, and interiors, will expand in China: After 16 years of continuous growth, Johnson Controls Automotive Experience plans to increase its number of production locations from 57 to 68 in China over the next few years.

“We are focusing on innovative complete interior solutions in China that anticipate market needs and meet customer expectations in terms of differentiation, comfort, safety, and sustainability,” said Johannes Roters, group vice president and general manager China, Johnson Controls Automotive Experience. “This will enable us to help our customers increase their market share in China and achieve economic success. Out of all international suppliers, our company has the strongest presence in China and has a comprehensive product portfolio with vertical integration and efficient processes. In addition, we are the industry leader in industrial design and development.”

Thanks to strategic partnerships with Chinese partners, Johnson Controls Automotive Experience is very well positioned in the growth market of China, recording sales of approximately US $4.6 billion in 2012 and employing nearly 25,000 people (including joint ventures) in the country.

Since beginning operations in China in 1997, the company has continuously expanded its activities in the country. Johnson Controls Automotive Experience is now engaged in 32 joint ventures with 24 strategic partners. The company operates 57 production plants in 27 cities in China, a number that is expected to increase to 68 over the next few years.

The automotive supplier is highly vertically integrated in China. Besides its extensive manufacturing footprint, Johnson Controls operates ten engineering sites in eight Chinese cities. With more than 1,150 engineers and 44 designers, the company has established expert capabilities in design, development, engineering, and product safety testing.

Over the last 16 years, Johnson Controls’ two biggest Chinese joint ventures – Shanghai Yanfeng Johnson Controls Seating Co., Ltd. (YFJC) and Changchun FAWAY-Johnson Controls Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (FJC) have become fully fledged technology providers. Both supply customers with products characterized by their high-quality design, superior craftsmanship and innovative engineering solutions. Reliable quality assurance and production processes complete the range of services.

Johnson Controls supports the growth of both local and international automakers in China. The company locally supplies comprehensive interior solutions, including design, development, and production. It also offers products and solutions from its global production network in Chinese locations.

Johnson Controls will present its innovations from Sept. 12–22, 2013, at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, in Hall 5.1, Booth B28. Digital images are available online.

Facts and figures about Johnson Controls Automotive Experience in China

In China since 1997
China headquarters 9th Floor, Building B

SOHO Zhongshan Plaza
1065 West Zhongshan Road
Shanghai 200051, China

Group vice president and general manager China

Johannes Roters

Sales (fiscal year 2012) US $4.6 billion
Employees (including joint ventures) 25,000
Manufacturing sites today 57
Planned manufacturing sites in the future 68
Engineering sites 10 sites in 8 cities: Shanghai (3 sites),
Changchun, Beijing, Shenyang,
Guangzhou, Chongqing, Kunshan, Wuhu
Engineers More than 1,150
Designers 44
Capabilities Design, development, engineering, prototype, testing for automotive seating, interiors, and electronics products.
Joint Ventures

Biggest joint ventures

32 (with a total of 24 strategic partners) Shanghai Yanfeng Johnson Controls Seating Co., Ltd. (YFJC) Shanghai Yanfeng Johnson Controls Seating Co., Ltd . (YFJC)
→ manufactures complete seat systems and components, as well as overhead solutions Changchun FAWAY-Johnson Controls Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (FJC) → manufactures complete seat systems and components, as well as total interiors products
Automotive Seating Complete seat systems
Seating components (metal structures, mechanisms, foam, fabrics, trim)
Automotive Interiors


Instrument panels
Floor consoles
Door panels
Overhead systems
Overhead consoles
Sun visors
Integrated interiors
Automotive Electronics Driver information
Infotainment and connectivity
Body electronics
 Customers All major international and national automakers present in China

About Johnson Controls:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 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 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 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.


Mary Kay Dodero