Johnson Controls celebrates 40 years in Burgos, Spain
Facility supplies automakers and aftermarket retailers with advanced battery technology
BURGOS, Spain, October 17, 2014 –Employees and government dignitaries helped Johnson Controls honor an important historical milestone in Burgos, Spain today. The company’s battery manufacturing facility, built in 1974, celebrated its 40th year in the community with a ceremony that included the President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan Vicente Herrera, and the mayor of Burgos, Francisco Javier Lacalle.
“Over the last 40 years, employees at our Burgos plant have been committed to providing customers with the latest technological advances in the automotive energy storage industry,” said Ron Weller, vice president and general manager Components for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “I’m proud of our work there and the continued emphasis the team puts on continuously making great products.”
Since its inception, the Burgos plant has produced 94 million batteries. It supplies all major automakers and aftermarket retailers in Spain, throughout Europe, Turkey and North America. In 2011, the facility began making VARTA® Start-Stop batteries with Enhanced Flooded or EFB technology.
Last year, the Confederation of Business Associations (Confederación de Asociaciones Empresariales de Burgos) recognized the plant with an Innovation Award for launching the first EFB production lines for Start-Stop applications in Spain. This technology can save drivers three to five percent in fuel economy by shutting off the engine while the vehicle is stopped. Automotive accessories remain on with power from the battery.
Johnson Controls has also been recognized among the top 100 desirable companies to work for by Actualidad Economica, one of the most important business magazines in Spain.
“With nearly 300 employees, we are dedicated to improving the community through volunteer projects and donations to local non-profit organizations,” said Burgos plant manager Eduardo Quintanal.
Since 2013, Johnson Controls employees at the plant have volunteered with the Asociación de Parálisis Cerebral. One of the projects included retrofitting wheelchairs for people dealing with cerebral palsy.
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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; lead-acid 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 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 Power Solutions
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the world's largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, supplying approximately 140 million every year to automakers and aftermarket retailers. The company's full range of lead acid and Lithium-ion battery technology powers nearly every type of vehicle for our customers- including conventional, Start-Stop, Micro Hybrid, hybrid and electric. Johnson Controls' recycling system has helped make automotive batteries the most recycled consumer product in the world. Globally, 15,000 employees develop, manufacture, distribute and recycle batteries at more than 50 locations.