Johnson Controls leader elected EUROBAT President

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Johann-Friedrich Dempwolff to serve as chairman for the next two years

HANOVER, 18 June 2013 - The Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers (EUROBAT) elected Johann-Friedrich Dempwolff, general manager and vice president of Industry and Governmental Relations for Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA, as its new president. Johnson Controls is the world’s leading manufacturer of automotive batteries.

The appointment took place last week during EUROBAT meetings in Rome, Italy. Mr. Dempwolff will serve as president for two years. Prior to this, he was a board member of the association for more than two years and has served as chair of the automotive batteries committee for the past ten years. EUROBAT works to promote the European automotive, industrial and special battery industries to EU institutions, national governments, customers and the media.

John Searle (Saft) and Andreas Bawart (Banner) will continue as vice presidents for another mandate. The other board members of EUROBAT include Nicola Cosciani (FIAMM), Michael Ostermann (Exide Technologies), David Shaffer (EnerSys), Marc Zoellner (Hoppecke), Charles-Louis Ackermann (Accumalux) and Marcus Ulrich (ENTEK).

Following his appointment, Mr. Dempwolff had this to say: “I am very honoured to take the lead of the association. We notice growing opportunities for the further advancement of automotive and industrial batteries of all technologies in all sectors, including lead, lithium, sodium and nickel. EUROBAT will continue to work with decision-makers on the importance of the battery industry to the growth of different manufacturing sectors of the European economy.”

For more information, please contact:
Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA
Christian Riedel
Am Leineufer 51
30419 Hannover
Tel.: +49 511 975-1094
Fax: +49 511 975-2168

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 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. 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 2013, 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 Power Solutions

Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop, hybrid and electric vehicles.  Our 50 manufacturing, recycling and distribution centers supply more than one-third of the world's lead-acid batteries to major automakers and aftermarket retailers.  Through our innovations we are building the advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles.  We were the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass-production hybrid vehicles.  Our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our world-class technology, manufacturing and recycling capabilities.   


EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, acts as a unified voice in promoting the interests of the European automotive, industrial and special battery industries to the EU institutions, national governments, customers and the media. With over 40 members from across the continent comprising more than 90% of the battery industry in Europe, Middle East and Africa, EUROBAT works with stakeholders to help develop new battery solutions to issues of common concern in areas like electro-mobility and renewable energy storag

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