Johnson Controls employees renovate space for refugees in Zwickau

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  • Employees renovate room for education and recreational activities
  • Project supports 150 refugees in the Neuplanitz housing project

Zwickau – August 26, 2015 – The world’s largest automotive battery maker is stepping up to help refugees in Zwickau, Germany. Johnson Controls employees are renovating a room in a city housing project to support families fleeing from many countries, for example from Syria.

“Working with people from different backgrounds and different nations is a part of Johnson Controls culture,” said plant manager Matthias Horn. “I am proud our employees decided to help the men, women and children who are joining our community.”

Employees volunteered to paint, add chalkboards and build a children’s play area in a room at the Neuplantiz housing project on the Dortmunder Straße. 150 refugees will be able to use the space for educational courses and recreation, such as handicrafts.

“We are grateful for the active support. Our residents appreciate the renovated room. They can participate in German lessons and meet with neighbors and supporters,” said Ines Beckmann, European Homecare GmbH.

The refugee assistance is part of the Johnson Controls volunteer community outreach program called Blue Sky Involve. Since 2006, employees have executed more than 370 projects with 43,000 volunteer hours in Germany. In Zwickau for example, the company supports the “Zwickauer Tafel” project and social associations such as the “Hermann-Gocht-Haus“.

For further information, please contact:


Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA
PR Specialist: Annika Kielmann

Am Leineufer 51
30419 Hannover, Germany
Tel.: +49-511-975-1054 

Johnson Controls Sachsen-Batterien GmbH & Co. KG
Werkleitung: Matthias Horn

Reichenbacher Straße 89
08056 Zwickau
Tel.: +49 375 2716-1011E-Mail:

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 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 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 140 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 or follow @JCI_BatteryBeat on Twitter.

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