PLYMOUTH, MICH. (April 25, 1:15 p.m. ET) — Automotive systems supplier Johnson Controls Inc. has consolidated its position in central Europe by opening a new plant and increasing its stake in a joint venture.
The group has started to produce car seats at a new facility in Kecskemét, Hungary. The plant, supplies complete seat systems for the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
The plant currently employs 130 people. An additional 70 jobs will be created in the fall, when a second shift is added.
In Hungary, JCI also operates plants in Mez"lak and Mór that produce metal seating components. In 2010, it acquired the Seton Hungary plant based in Pápa, which produces leather-wrapped car interior components.
The Kecskemét plant increases the company's number of employees in Hungary to 2,500.
Johnson Controls also said it is acquiring a 24.9 percent share in its Novo Mesto, Slovenia joint venture called TPV Johnson Controls. This will give the group a 74.9 percent ownership stake, making it the majority shareholder in the joint venture.
The joint venture is between Johnson Controls and the TPV Group, and produces complete seating systems for the Renault assembly plant in Novo Mesto. It was established in 1998.
JCI is based in Glendale, Wis., and its automotive business unit is headquartered in Plymouth, Mich.