Johnson Controls, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) is planning to build a $200 million automotive battery plant in the Chinese city of Tianjin. The state-of-the-art facility will supply automakers and the aftermarket in China with high-quality, maintenance-free, lead-acid starter batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop vehicles.
"This plant demonstrates our long-term commitment to the rapidly growing automotive industry in China," says Alex Molinaroli, president, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. "We are forecasting 25 million in annual new car sales in China by 2015. This plant is a further indication of the strategic importance of this market for Johnson Controls."
Johnson Controls plans to grow to 30 million in annual battery capacity in China by 2017. The company recently launched production at its Changxing facility and its Chongqing plant is scheduled to launch later this year. The company also has an automotive battery plant in Shanghai that was part of an acquisition in 2005.