Johnson Controls receives top honors from Toyota for its diversity efforts

Automotive supplier also recognized for its launch performance

PLYMOUTH, Mich., March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in the automotive, building and energy storage industries, has been awarded top honors in multiple categories by Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA).

Johnson Controls Automotive Seating, Automotive Electronics & Interiors and Power Solutions units received a “Superior” award in supplier diversity for their seating, overhead console, injection molding, headliner, door trim and battery products. The supplier diversity award is given to suppliers who implement diversity activities and exceed Toyota’s targets.

Johnson Controls Automotive Seating unit also received an “Excellent” award in launch performance for the seats it manufactured for the Toyota Corolla. The seats are manufactured at Johnson Controls’ plant in Milton, Ontario. According to TEMA, suppliers are awarded launch performance recognition for developing strategic launch plans and delivering successful production.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Toyota for our efforts and top performance in our product lines,” said Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls Automotive Seating. “This further demonstrates our commitment to providing superior customer satisfaction, which is a key source of our success.”

The awards were announced at TEMA’s annual business meeting, a gathering of companies that produce parts and materials for Toyota’s 12 North American models.

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 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.

About Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop, hybrid and electric vehicles.  Our 50 manufacturing, recycling and distribution centers supply more than one-third of the world’s lead-acid batteries to major automakers and aftermarket retailers. Through our innovations we are building the advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles. We were the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass-production hybrid vehicles.  Our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our world-class technology, manufacturing and recycling capabilities.   


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