GLENDALE, WIS. (June 7, 12:10 p.m. ET) – Johnson Controls Inc. plans to build an automotive battery plant in Tianjin, China.
The Glendale-based company said it will invest $200 million in the plant, which will make lead-acid starter batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop vehicles.
“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.” said Alex Molinaroli, president of JCI Power Solutions, in a news release.
JCI has a battery plant in Shanghai that it purchased in 2005, and it recently launched production in Changxing. A plant in Chongqing is scheduled to launch later this year.
The Tianjin plant is scheduled to open in late 2014. It will have capacity to make 6 million batteries annually.