Chinese Joint Venture Yanfeng Johnson Controls Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

Chinese Joint Venture Yanfeng Johnson Controls Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

  PR Newswire

  SHANGHAI, China, January 11, 2013

SHANGHAI, China, January 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Strategic partnership to build a world-class automotive seating supplier

Shanghai Yanfeng Johnson Controls Seating Co., Ltd. (YFJC), a leader in the
Chinese automotive seating industry, celebrates its 15th anniversary.

YFJC, the joint venture between Johnson Controls and Yanfeng Visteon, was
formed 15 years ago. By leveraging Johnson Controls' core product and
technology portfolio, YFJC provides automakers with a full range of seating
solutions that support the differentiation of their vehicle brands. YFJC's
products range from standard four-way to luxury 18-way seats, from components
such as metal structures, mechanisms, foam, trim and headrests to complete
seating systems.

In the past 15 years, YFJC has gradually achieved vertical integration in the
entire production chain and has become the largest automotive seating supplier
in China. It is also Johnson Controls' biggest seating joint venture in Asia
in terms of scale, management and technology.

In addition to domestic business, YFJC delivers seating products to 19
countries. YFJC has 35 manufacturing and engineering facilities across China
and employs more than 14,000 employees. A strategic footprint has been formed
with Shanghai as the national center and Yantai, Nanjing, Chongqing and
Guangzhou as four regional hubs.

As part of Johnson Controls' global innovation network, YFJC is dedicated to
enhancing its innovation, design, engineering and testing capabilities. Its
technical center has more than 450 engineers who average more than eight years
of work experience. The center's technical capabilities cover innovation,
advanced engineering, product development, consumer research, industrial
design, benchmarking, prototype and testing capabilities such as sled testing
for seating products.

Through product platforms, YFJC provides customers with integrated and modular
solutions that can meet all levels of requirements. YFJC has developed many
self-owned intellectual properties that are specially designed for the Chinese
market.

Both partners praised YFJC's achievements.

"Fifteen years ago, a common goal brought Yanfeng and Johnson Controls
together. We both committed to build an automotive seating and components
company with complete development capabilities, a full range of product
solutions, advanced manufacturing processes, competitive cost, world-class
quality and delivery services. YFJC has achieved recognized success in these
areas, proving that our decision 15 years ago to partner with Johnson Controls
was perfectly correct," said Ma Zhen'gang, deputy general manager from Yanfeng
Visteon and chairman of YFJC.

"As a seating manufacturer that is committed to the local market, YFJC's
success represents Johnson Controls' success in China," said Johannes Roters,
group vice president and general manager China, Johnson Controls Automotive
Experience, "We believe YFJC will further integrate resources from both
companies."

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.

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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Industriestra├če 20-30 51399 Burscheid Germany Oliver Herkert Tel.:
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