Michel Thierry has strong R&D and manufacturing capabilities in Europe, primarily in France, Spain and the Czech Republic, and operations worldwide. The company's headquarters and main facility are based in Laroque d'Olmes, France. Michel Thierry's product line includes automotive textiles for seating and for interiors and leather production for seating and interiors. Capabilities include design, development, production, weaving, knitting, lamination, embossing, screen printing, welding and laser punching. 1,700 employees are associated with the business. Johnson Controls is a global manufacturer of automotive seating systems, interior components and electronics. According to the company, the acquisition strengthens its position in textiles and in integrated trim and meets increasing demand for integrated services, from fabrics to complete seats, on a global scale. Johnson Controls also anticipates enhanced innovation opportunities and the potential for further quality optimisation as well as new growth potential in Chinese and North American markets.