Johnson Controls, a Tier 1 automotive supplier with operations in Plymouth Township, has opened an automotive battery manufacturing plant in China that is expected to produce six million automotive batteries per year.
The 133,000-square-meter facility in Chongqing, expected to create more than 500 jobs when at full capacity, reflects a $154-million investment, says Kenneth Yeng, vice president and general manager of Johnson Controls Power Solutions China.
“The opening of our Chongqing plant builds on Johnson Controls’ deep history in this region and demonstrates our long-term commitment to China, which is a key strategic market for Johnson Controls,” Yeng says. “This facility will not only enable us to meet increasing demand from our customers in China, but will also allow us to demonstrate our global leadership in technology and sustainability.”
Johnson Controls first entered the Chinese automotive supply market with batteries in 2005 and is now in the process of building a new corporate headquarters in Shanghai.
The opening also signifies the beginning of a one-year partnership between Johnson Controls China and Fuling Children’s Welfare Center, home to more than 100 orphans. Johnson Controls will donate furniture, toys, and snacks to the center and employees will decorate student dormitories as well as play games and read with the children.