Johnson Controls increases production of fuel-efficient batteries in Hannover to meet rising customer demands

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HANNOVER, February 8, 2016 -- Johnson Controls has expanded its battery plant in Hannover as a central production site for Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries in Europe with an investment of more than 100 million euros. The battery business has expanded the plant by 14,000 square meters in order to meet rising customer demand for fuel efficient batteries. The production investment is in response to the growing market for AGM batteries which are primarily used in Start-Stop vehicles.

“Demand for Start-Stop batteries will continue to rise significantly in the coming years. By 2020, more than 85 percent of all new vehicles produced in Europe will use Start-Stop technology,” said Johann-Friedrich Dempwolff, Managing Director of Johnson Controls Power Solutions.

By 2020, demand for new and aftermarket Start-Stop batteries could rise to 56 million batteries worldwide compared to 22 million today. “AGM batteries made in Hannover play an important role in this. By increasing our plant’s capacity to produce fuel-efficient batteries by 65 percent, we are optimally prepared for future demand,” continued Dempwolff.

The ambitious goal behind the expansion work is to make production more sustainable. The hall roofs have been insulated, modern ventilation and filter systems operate efficiently, and a new lighting concept in addition to solar energy and waste heat are being used. “Six new production and storage halls with over 14,000 square meters of additional space have been created along the canal and service road,” said plant manager Oliver Merkle.

Stephan Weil, Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, attended an event to celebrate the plant expansion. “Lower Saxony is renowned for its innovations – above all in the automotive industry. The batteries from Hannover start the vehicles of millions of motorists all across Europe. I am delighted to be at the expanded battery plant today and to be able to speak with the people behind the product.”

With more than 1,300 employees, the Hannover site is not only the largest Johnson Controls battery plant in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), but also the only one worldwide where all battery systems are developed, tested and manufactured. These battery systems range from conventional starter batteries and innovative Start-Stop batteries to lithium-ion systems for hybrid and electric vehicles. The Hannover site is the European headquarters of Johnson Controls Power Solutions. Over 70 million batteries have been manufactured here in the last decade – primarily for automakers (cars and utility vehicles) and garages.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 150,000 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. Our full range of lead acid and Lithium-ion battery technology powers nearly every type of vehicle for our customers- including conventional, 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 follow @JCI_BatteryBeat on Twitter.

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Annika Kielmann
PR Specialist,
Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA