SHANGHAI – Johnson Controls will build a brand new automotive battery manufacturing plant in the city of Jiyuan in Henan Province, according to a company news release on June 19.
With an investment of about $200 million, the new plant will help Johnson Controls to expand its output capacity of automotive batteries in the China market and to provide better services to local complete carmakers and consumers with diversified products and technologies.
The new manufacturing plant in Jiyuan is expected to go into operation in 2018, and it will mainly produce Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries which are good products for vehicles with start-stop system.
“Johnson Controls is devoted to the promotion and development of the automotive industry in China and the rest of the world,” said Joe Walicki, president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “The company provides customers with advanced energy storage technologies and solutions through our unique industry knowledge, rich energy storage technologies, strong operation capabilities and relationship with our partners.”
Yang Shifeng, vice president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions and president of China Region, pointed out that “China always plays an important role in Johnson Controls’ global development strategy.” He said that by building the new plant, the company hopes to bring advanced products and technologies to China to satisfy the increasing demand of complete carmakers and consumers and help promote the development of China’s automotive industry.
Johnson Controls entered the Chinese automotive battery supply market in 2005 and has set up two battery manufacturing plants in Chongqing in western China and in Changxing County in Zhejiang Province in eastern China. It also has a research and development center for automotive batteries in Shanghai. The company currently has a workforce of around 12,000 employees in China.