Johnson Controls AGM battery wins Chinese innovation award

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Superior energy saving and efficiency recognized in start-stop vehicles

SHANGHAI—September 28, 2016 — Johnson Controls, the world’s leading automotive battery producer, is being recognized for its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) technology by Automobile & Parts, a major automotive magazine in China. The magazine selected the company’s battery technology for its Energy Saving & High Efficiency Technical Award in an annual ceremony for the technical advancement of the country’s automotive industry.

“This award is a testament to Johnson Controls’ leadership in energy storage, as well as our commitment to China’s automotive market,” said Kenneth Yeng, vice president and general manager China, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “By 2020, 50 percent, or about 15 million new vehicles annually will be equipped with start-stop functionality in China and we are proud to say our AGM batteries will help power these fuel-efficient vehicles.”

Governments around the world are enacting more stringent fuel efficiency and emissions regulations. In China, passenger vehicles need to achieve a fuel consumption target of 5L per 100KM in 2020 (47MPG), versus 6.9 liters per 100KM in 2015. This is a 28 percent improvement.

To meet the ever-pressing challenge, more and more automakers are integrating start-stop systems in their vehicles, which improve fuel economy by automatically shutting off the engine when the car is idle and restarting it when the driver’s foot leaves the brake pedal

AGM battery technology is at the heart of a start-stop system, which delivers consumers up to 5 percent fuel savings every time they fill up their gas tank.

“Start-stop requires minimal changes to the vehicle, thus making it a very economical solution for automakers who have invested billions of dollars in their powertrains,” said Yeng. “Johnson Controls is working with our customers to ensure a smooth driving experience, while maintaining environmental benefits that come from using AGM batteries.”

Johnson Controls AGM batteries, which include the company’s patented PowerFrame® grid technology, have greater cycling capability to power extended engine-off periods and excellent starting power even at lower charge states. They are engineered to provide up to four times the cycling life of standard flooded batteries. The improved reliability and performance of an AGM battery can support vehicles with high accessory loads and start-stop systems with regenerative braking energy recuperation.

As start-stop vehicles continue to gain market share, Johnson Controls is investing $780 million USD to increase its global AGM production capacity. In China, the company’s plant in Changxing is currently being expanded to more than double its annual AGM capacity.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 117,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. 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 146 million every year to automakers and aftermarket retailers. Our full range of lead-acid and lithium-ion battery technology powers nearly every type of vehicle for our customers- including traditional, 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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Irean Zheng
Communications Specialist, China,
Johnson Controls, Inc.