Johnson Controls Inc. plans to open a second global headquarters, in Shanghai, in 2017.
Beda Bolzenius, vice chairman, Asia Pacific, Johnson Controls, said: “While we already have the facilities and extensive relationships to serve the automotive market in China, we will continue to add manufacturing capacity and expand our operational footprint across our businesses as market demand grows.”
JCI's manufacturing footprint across the area that includes 32 joint ventures and 61 manufacturing plants. Its automotive lineup in China includes seating, interiors and batteries. The company operates local design studios, technical centers and engineering offices across China.
In May 2014, Johnson Controls and Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd. signed a definitive agreement to form a global automotive interiors joint venture. The transaction is expected to close in 2015.
In July 2014, JCI signed an agreement with Shanghai Yanfeng Industry and Commerce Co. Ltd. and Anhui Yansheng Automotive Trim Co. Ltd. to form a new fabrics joint venture in Huainan City.
JCI is based in Glendale, Wis., near Milwaukee.