40 millionth automotive battery rolls off the assembly line at the Johnson Controls plant in Zwickau

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  • World’s leading supplier of automotive batteries sets production record
  • Zwickau facility leads the field in manufacturing AGM batteries for Start-Stop vehicles
  • Demand for AGM batteries continues to rise

On May 23, 2017, Johnson Controls reached a production milestone: The company’s plant in Zwickau, Germany, manufactured its 40 millionth Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery. There is growing demand globally for AGM batteries, a core component of Start-Stop vehicles. Projections show that by 2020, 82 percent of all new vehicles produced in the EU28 will be equipped with Start-Stop technology. This is driving Johnson Controls, the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, to steadily expand production at its facilities globally.

“40 million batteries produced is a milestone we can be very proud of. Just visualize if all the batteries produced here in Zwickau were placed one after the other, they would stretch 7,000 kilometers – from Germany to America. That is really impressive,” said plant manager Matthias Horn, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “Day after day, every single one of our employees invests work in the success of our plant and our customers. It acknowledges our work that we now have this production record to celebrate. This success will spur us on further and we are already looking forward to setting about producing the next 40 million batteries in our plant and by this helping to make cars even more ecofriendly.”

"Day after day, every single one of our employees invests work in the success of our plant and our customers." -- Plant Manager Matthias Horn, Johnson Controls Power Solutions

AGM batteries, such as those produced in Zwickau, offer more than three times the cycling capability of conventional batteries and are at the heart of Start-Stop vehicle systems which offer about 5 percent fuel savings for drivers. When the engine is switched off, the vehicle’s battery is used to power things like the radio, lights and heating system- instead of a gas-powered engine. At the same time, the battery provides the power to restart the engine in a fraction of a second. This means the battery is subject to frequent charging and discharging and must have greater cycling capability to meet these requirements.

To help meet demand for AGM batteries, Johnson Controls plans to triple its production capacity from 17 million in 2016 to 50 million in 2020.

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 120,000 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 http://www.johnsoncontrols.com 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 152 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 http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/PowerSolutions or follow @JCI_BatteryBeat on Twitter.

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Janine Katzwinkel
PR Specialist,
Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA