Johnson Controls produces 111 millionth battery at its Česká Lípa plant

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Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic – January 29, 2016. On Saturday, Jan. 30, the 111 millionth battery rolls off the production line at the Johnson Controls battery plant in Ceska Lipa. To meet the growing global demand for batteries, Johnson Controls, the world's largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, has increased the production and storage capacities in Česká Lípa by about 350 percent compared to the year 2002.

“111 million batteries produced – such a production milestone shows that we have invested in the production and logistics in the past years. Thanks to these investments we are able to meet the constantly increasing demands of the market”, says plant manager Hubert Schindelarz. “We run continuous operations seven days a week to deliver car and truck batteries to automakers and garages not only in the Czech Republic, Eastern Europe and Russia but in the other countries of Europe too,” continues Schindelarz.

The Česká Lípa plant produces VARTA® starter batteries for major automakers and retailers, which plays a major role in Johnson Controls’ strategic approach in the emerging market Eastern Europe. The Czech automotive batteries are typically 12-volt, rechargeable lead-acid batteries. They supply power to the starter and ignition system, and to internal clocks and computers. They also supply extra power when the vehicle’s electrical load exceeds the supply from the charging system and act as voltage stabilizers. The batteries’ patented PowerFrame® positive grids offer superior cranking power with up to 70 percent better electrical flow than other grid technologies.

“This production milestone shows that all our employees’ hard work was entirely worthwhile. We look to the future with optimism, and are already looking forward to the next 111 million battery produced in our plant,” says Hubert Schindelarz. “The employees contribute significantly to Johnson Controls’ success. They increase our production because they suggests improvements in the areas of health and safety, quality and productivity. We implemented more than 170 innovation ideas from our employees in the past year”, says the plant manager.

The Johnson Controls plant in Česká Lípa was established in 1944. More than 400 employees work in production and in the Shared Service Center (SSC) administration here today serving leading automakers and retail customers. Today, the battery production plant in Česká Lípa supplies one of the largest volumes of batteries to customers among plants owned by Johnson Controls. The plant has been growing steadily and a clear focus on service. In the same industrial park, the company’s plastics plant supplies the battery plant with boxes, lids and top covers for the batteries.

About Johnson Controls 
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 150,000 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 seating components and 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. In 2015, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

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, Advanced 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. For more information, please visit or follow @JCI_BatteryBeat on Twitter.
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Annika Kielmann
PR Specialist,
Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA