Johnson Controls continues to grow spectrum of energy storage technology in China

 Johnson Controls continues to grow spectrum of energy storage technology in

High-capacity absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries to power Start-Stop vehicles
in China

PR Newswire

SHANGHAI, May 8, 2014

SHANGHAI, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Johnson Controls has signed a new
long-term automotive battery supply agreement with SAIC Motor Corporation
Limited (SAIC Motor), a further indication of Johnson Controls' commitment to
expand rapidly in China.

The China region is Johnson Controls' primary target for market expansion.

Under the agreement, Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, will
provide its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries to power SAIC Motor's
Start-Stop vehicles.

"Our company's history in this market gives us unique insight into our current
and prospective Chinese customers," said Luke Lu, vice president and general
manager of Original Equipment China, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. "As the
global leader in automotive batteries, we are well-positioned to help the
Chinese automotive industry grow by offering a spectrum of solutions to meet
increasingly strict fuel efficiency regulations."

The leading global supplier of automotive batteries, Johnson Controls has
produced nearly 20 million AGM batteries since 2007. By 2020, Johnson Controls
estimates that 175 million vehicles around the globe will include Start-Stop
technology. Already in Europe, more than half of new vehicles built feature
Start-Stop. Johnson Controls is investing in AGM technology globally to
increase production capacity for North America, Europe and China.

Start-Stop technology turns off a vehicle's engine when the vehicle comes to a
stop. When a driver's foot leaves the brake pedal or engages the clutch, the
engine turns back on. Compared with a conventional combustion engine,
Start-Stop can provide an estimated 5-8 percent fuel savings. To successfully
power additional starts and stops, the system requires a more robust battery.
Johnson Controls' AGM batteries deliver the necessary increased durability. 

Johnson Controls entered the Chinese automotive supply market with batteries
in 2005 and continues to invest in bringing advanced technologies, capacity
and technical capabilities to China. Today, Johnson Controls employs more than
26,000 people in China. Johnson Controls is in the process of building a new
corporate headquarters in Shanghai.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. The company's 170,000 employees
create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and
operational efficiencies of buildings; conventional automotive batteries and
advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for
automobiles. Johnson Controls' commitment to sustainability dates back to its
roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat.
Through its growth strategies and by increasing market share, Johnson Controls
is committed to delivering value to shareholders and making its customers
successful. In 2014, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson
Controls as the #12 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list.
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About Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in conventional
automotive batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop, hybrid and
electric vehicles. Its 50 manufacturing, recycling and distribution centers
supply more than one third of the world's conventional batteries to major
automakers and aftermarket retailers. Through its innovations the company is
building the advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Johnson Controls was the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion
batteries for mass-production hybrid vehicles. The company's commitment to
sustainability is evidenced by our world-class technology, manufacturing and
recycling capabilities.

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