Johnson Controls launches joint venture plant in Chengdu to support Volvo’s growth in China
New plant expands the company’s footprint in western China
PLYMOUTH, MICH., Nov. 14, 2013 – Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels and interior electronics, is strengthening its production capability in western China with the opening of a new plant in Chengdu. The company’s joint venture subsidiary, Chongqing Yanfeng Johnson Controls Automotive Components Co., Ltd. (“CQYFJC”), launched the plant in Chengdu, which supplies complete seating, headliners, floor console carriers and related services to Volvo to support the automaker’s production programs in China.
“Globally, Johnson Controls is one of Volvo’s core business partners and strategic suppliers,” said Johannes Roters, group vice president and general manager China, Johnson Controls Automotive Experience. “We continuously provide our customers with best-in-class products, technologies and services around the world.”
With the launch of Volvo vehicle programs in Chengdu, Johnson Controls is the first major supplier to establish a manufacturing plant and start production in a very short time with construction beginning in November 2012.
Located in the Chengdu Economic & Technological Development Zone, the plant now has 100 employees and focuses on supporting the Volvo Chengdu plant. The first project launched was the Volvo S60L.
As one of Johnson Controls’ most important production bases in western China, the CQYFJC Chengdu plant expands Johnson Controls’ footprint in the region, and strengthens the company’s positioning in the Chinese automotive market.
“Johnson Controls is committed to exceeding our customers’ increasing expectations. We continuously improve our capabilities together with our partners to deliver world-class products and services to automakers in China,” said Roters. “The new Chengdu plant once again showcases our dedication to the Chinese market, as well as our commitment to our customers and business partners.”
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 http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
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.
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Mary Kay Dodero