Johnson Controls is honored for promoting the Toyota New Global Architecture

Partnership successfully develops a next generation front seat structure

YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls has been awarded a top honor by Toyota Motor Corp. for promoting the automaker’s Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) which is considered a structural reform at all stages of car development.

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Alex Molinaroli, Johnson Controls chairman and CEO, received a “Superior TNGA Promotion Award” from Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motor Corp., at Toyota’s Global Suppliers convention in Nagoya, Japan on Feb. 27 for the company’s early involvement and commitment during the development process.

Johnson Controls, a global multi industrial company, successfully developed a next-generation front seat structure, meeting Toyota’s increased safety requirements and at the same time reducing weight, complexity of components and costs by effectively leveraging its global capabilities.

The company’s engineering, manufacturing and sales teams started a joint development process with the engineering and purchasing teams at Toyota already 18 months earlier than usual. By implementing optimized production requirements into the seat design early in the development stage, the team made it possible to create a product that Toyota will leverage globally and is expected to be competitive in the long term.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Toyota for our efforts which is a great example of the value of the enterprise Johnson Controls Operating System,” said Molinaroli. “A critical factor to our success is creating world class manufacturing and a commitment to collaboration with our customers and we look forward to continued success with Toyota.”

Production is planned to start in the near future with North America being the first region for implementation.

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 2014, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #12 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit

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Johnson Controls Automotive Experience is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, floor consoles, door panels and instrument panels. We support all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With more than 220 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 50 million cars per year.

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