Johnson Controls Korea Technology Center achieves “Technology 5 Star” certification from Hyundai-Kia

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Supplier recognized for excellence in engineering research and development

PLYMOUTH, Mich. Feb. 23, 2016 – Johnson Controls Automotive Korea was awarded the “Technology 5 Star” certification from automaker Hyundai-Kia.

This certification is given to the top level of Hyundai-Kia’s 272 suppliers. It recognizes Johnson Controls' technology center in Ansan, Korea for achieving the highest level of research and development and taking a leading role in engineering for the global Hyundai-Kia business. 

“Being awarded this important recognition from our customer Hyundai-Kia is truly an honor,” said Byunggul Choi, general manager for Johnson Controls Automotive Seating’s Complete Seat group in Korea. “It emphasizes Johnson Controls’ commitment to engineering innovation and partnering with our customers to develop the best solutions.”

The Hyundai-Kia “Technology 5 Star” audit is conducted to encourage research and development capability enhancement. When determining award winners, Hyundai-Kia examines four categories to evaluate research and development capabilities:

  • fundamental engineering
  • engineering competency in product development
  • innovation
  • technical outcome 

Johnson Controls distinguished itself from its major Korean and global competitors in every category. In the engineering and engineering competency categories, Johnson Controls was found to fully satisfied the customer's requirements and act in compliance with internal and customer processes.

In the categories for innovation and technical outcome, Johnson Controls’ application of new technologies during production set new quality standards and reduced field claims. In addition, the numerous technical dissertations that Johnson Controls presented at conferences were favorably recognized.

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

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience is a global leader in automotive seating components and systems. The company supports all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through its products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With more than 200 locations worldwide, Johnson Controls is where its customers need it to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of Johnson Controls products, from single components to complete seat systems. With its global capability the company supplies more than 50 million cars per year. Johnson Controls pursues a spin-off of its Automotive Experience business. Following the separation, which is expected to take effect October 1, 2016, the Automotive Experience business will operate as the independent, publicly traded company Adient. Bruce McDonald will serve as the chairman and CEO of the new company. Follow us on Twitter: @JCseating

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