Johnson Controls expands AGM battery plant in Germany

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ZWICKAU, GERMANY – (September 30, 2013) – Johnson Controls Power Solutions has expanded its Zwickau, Germany AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery plant with a 100 million euro investment, making it the world’s largest production facility for AGM batteries. This technology is used mainly for Start-Stop vehicles.

Government officials, employees and their families celebrated the plant expansion this past weekend.

The expansion is the direct result of increasing consumer demand for Start-Stop vehicle technology.

“The demand for Start-Stop-Batteries will increase significantly in the next years,” said Holger Jetses, Vice President and General Manager of  Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA.

Projections show that by 2018, roughly 80 percent of all new cars produced in Europe will be equipped with Start-Stop technology.

“AGM batteries from Zwickau play an important role. With the expansion of our plant, we are prepared for the upcoming requirements,” Jetses said.

The plant’s increased production capacity is now 6.6 million batteries a year – four times the plant’s output prior to the expansion.

The expansion project included the addition of a new production hall, a new logistics building and four new assembly lines, which feature the latest technological standards. The expansion has allowed Johnson Controls to double its employment at the site, from roughly 200 employees prior to the renovation to 400 employees currently.

At the same time, the facility is more environmentally friendly. The company has reduced the site’s carbon dioxide emissions by 500 tons per year.

The celebration this past weekend included a tour of the new production facilities, live music and attractions for children and families.

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