Johnson Controls' Technology Management Recognized by Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology

Johnson Controls' Technology Management Recognized by Fraunhofer Institute for
                            Production Technology

  PR Newswire

  BURSCHEID, Germany, February 1, 2013

BURSCHEID, Germany, February 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Automotive supplier participated in Europe-wide benchmarking project

Johnson Controls, the global leader in automotive seating and seating
components, has been named one of five winners of the "Successful Practices in
Technology Management 2012" consortium benchmarking in technology management
conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT) in
Aachen, Germany. A total of 160 companies from across Europe took part in the
project, which was led by the IPT for the fourth time.

"We are absolutely delighted to have been recognized by the Fraunhofer IPT.
Being named one of the best companies in Europe for technology management is
both an endorsement and incentive," said Dr. Andreas Eppinger, group vice
president of Technology Management for Johnson Controls Automotive Seating.
"Participating in the consortium benchmarking has given us numerous valuable
insights and momentum for our work."

The IPT joined a consortium of renowned partners to analyze technology
management in a multi-stage process at 160 companies that volunteered for the
nine-month benchmarking project.

It evaluated the organizational structure of technology management, strategic
technology planning, early recognition of new technologies, industry-spanning
innovations using developments from other industries and open innovation
approaches that involve external developers in the innovation process.

Johnson Controls impressed the jury with early recognition of new
technologies, which was considered advanced compared to the other
participating companies.

The consortium also recognized Johnson Controls' support for technology
management through IT tools as well as its excellent performance in all other

"Johnson Controls has impressively demonstrated that technology management can
definitely be put on a successful footing in even a short space of time given
the necessary management attention and appropriate resources.
Well-thought-out, globally standardized processes with specific IT support
have proven the key to its success in this instance," said Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Günther Schuh of the Fraunhofer IPT at the closing conference for the
consortium benchmarking in Aachen.

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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.

For more information, please contact: Johnson Controls GmbH Automotive Seating
Industriestraße 20 - 30 51399 Burscheid Germany Oliver Herkert Tel.: +49-2174-
65-4348 E-Mail:

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