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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Ups and downs

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one suppliers, this week Matthew Beecham talked with Detlef Jürss, group vice presiden...

Briefing: key supplier tech update

There is much more to the IAA in Frankfurt than a dazzling array of new cars. At the world's biggest auto show, suppliers' stands bristled w...


Dave Leggett | 14 Aug 2015

The big news this week was that Jaguar Land Rover announced a plan to build a 300,000-unit capacity plant in Slovakia. We knew that a plant in Central/Eastern Europe was under consideration as part of the Tata-owned premium firm's fairly ambitious growth plans.

Briefing: Active safety systems

Matthew Beecham | 25 Jun 2015

Driver assistance systems use a combination of warnings and some degree of active intervention to help steer the driver away from trouble. Although the accent is on giving assistance to the driver rather than take control away, motorists are still wary about cars that supposedly drive themselves. While active intervention clearly holds many possibilities, it is also fraught with difficulty. Matthew Beecham considers the stage we have reached with three advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), rearview cameras, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems and head-up displays (HUDs) in cars. This second instalment considers AEB and HUDs.

RESEARCH SNAPSHOT: Review of start-stop engines

Matthew Beecham | 17 Jun 2015

Continuing just-auto's series of research snapshots - pulled from its automotive research platform, QUBE - Matthew Beecham reviews the blossoming market for start-stop applications and some implications for batteries and lubricants.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: The self-parking Beemer

Graeme Roberts | 12 Jun 2015

It would appear our new Research Snapshots have gone down a treat with our readers, judging by the popularity of our review of door innovations this week.

Latest Interviews

Q&A with Johnson Controls Power Solutions

Matthew Beecham | 25 Nov 2014

Johnson Controls' battery operation falls under the auspices of its Power Solutions business, serving both automotive OEMs and aftermarket. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to Craig Rigby, Advanced Market and Technology Strategist, Johnson Controls Power Solutions about the company's technologies for stop-start applications, EVs and PHEVs.

INTERVIEW: Han Hendriks, Johnson Controls

Calum MacRae | 31 Oct 2014

Calum MacRae interviews Han Hendriks, VP Advanced Product Development & Sales for Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors, to hear about the company's business strategy in the area of interiors.

Latest News

JCI to increase China auto battery production

Graeme Roberts | 20 Oct 2015

Johnson Controls plans to increase the production of automobile batteries used in start-stop systems in China. Currently, only 5% of vehicles sold in the country have such systems but the supplier expects this to rise to 40% by 2020 due to stricter fuel-efficiency standards.

Yanfeng confident of US resurgence

Simon Warburton | 16 Oct 2015

Newly-formed component giant, Yanfeng Global Automotive Interior Systems (YFAI), says it believes the US will continue its remarkable automotive comeback after the global economic recession and will post growth of up to 2%.

Johnson Controls to axe 3,000 positions

Dave Leggett | 21 Sep 2015

Johnson Controls has announced that it is planning to reduce its global salaried workforce by as many as 3,000 people, or 2.5% of total employees, through initiatives designed to ultimately deliver up to $250 million in annual cost savings. It said the reductions will take place over the next two years.

Yanfeng looks to hit US$10bn with new operation

Simon Warburton | 17 Sep 2015

Newly-formed component giant, Yanfeng Global Automotive Interior Systems (YFAI), says it aims to rapidly achieve US$10bn annual sales as the pace of worldwide supplier consolidation gathers momentum. YFAI is the joint venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems and Johnson Controls formed in July this year and has already showcased its ID16 concept car, outlining 30 interior innovations such as a retractable steering wheel, in anticipation of autonomous driving, to a catchbin for dropped coins.

Johnson Controls eyes further seat weight savings

Dave Leggett | 16 Sep 2015

As vehicle makers come under tighter CO2 emission limit rules, Johnson Controls says it sees a further opportunity to take weight out of seats. Johnson Controls says it has made lightweight construction a priority in its research and development.

Johnson Controls ramps up on start-stop batteries

Dave Leggett | 16 Sep 2015

Johnson Controls says it is adding Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery production capacity in response to growing demand. AGM is the technology at the heart of a Start-Stop system, which it claims delivers consumers an average of 5% fuel savings.

JCI to build a new battery plant in Shenyang

Dave Leggett | 13 Aug 2015

Johnson Controls says it plans to build a new automotive battery manufacturing facility in the city of Shenyang in northeastern China.

JCI to present SD15 seating concept at IAA

Dave Leggett | 10 Aug 2015

Johnson Controls says it will present a concept at Frankfurt that addresses urban mobility trends towards lightweight, individual design solutions and autonomous driving.

Johnson Controls expands Toledo battery capacity

Simon Warburton | 6 Aug 2015

Johnson Controls is to increase existing Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery capacity in its Toledo, Ohio plant, bringing the overall invested amount to US$130m since the start of production for the technology in the US in 2012.

JCI confirms auto exit as supplier eddies swirl

Simon Warburton | 24 Jul 2015

Johnson Controls has confirmed speculation circulating last month it was to divest its automotive business by announcing plans to spin off the division in around 12 months.

Supplier strike stops Seat seats

Graeme Roberts | 16 Jul 2015

Seat has suspended Spanish production following a strike at Johnson Controls Eurosit which supplies seats.

Johnson Controls forms Chinese auto interiors JV

Graeme Roberts | 3 Jul 2015

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, a joint venture between Huayu Automotive Systems (HASCO) subsidiary Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems and Johnson Controls (JCI), has been launched.

Johnson Controls appoints M&A head

Dave Leggett | 17 Jun 2015

Johnson Controls has appointed former investment banker Greg Guyett as executive vice president, corporate development, effective 10 August.

JCI automotive future 'looking unlikely': source

Simon Warburton | 11 Jun 2015

Reliable sources close to Johnson Controls say it "looks likely there is no future" for the automotive sector within its portfolio.

Johnson Controls mulls auto sell-off

Graeme Roberts | 10 Jun 2015

Johnson Controls said on Wednesday (10 June) it was exploring "strategic options for the separation of its automotive business".

INDIA: Pricol acquires JCI's stake in cluster jv

Matthew Beecham | 10 Jun 2015

Pricol, a supplier of automotive instrument clusters in India, has bought Johnson Controls' 50 percent stake in its joint venture, known as Johnson Controls Pricol Pvt Ltd (JCPPL) for some US$3.1 million.

Johnson Controls/LTU team on battery systems

Simon Warburton | 11 May 2015

Johnson Controls is partnering with Lawrence Technological University (LTU) to test and develop battery systems in vehicles aimed at helping automakers meet increasing fuel economy and emissions standards.

Visteon records US$50m Q1 net profit

Simon Warburton | 7 May 2015

Visteon Corporation has posted net profit of US$50m with sales of US$2.03bn for the first quarter of this year.

Johnson Controls’ Q2 net sales down 2.8%

Graeme Roberts | 24 Apr 2015

Johnson Controls' net sales for the second quarter of fiscal year ended 31 March 2015 were down 2.8% to US$9.19bn. Income from continuing operations before income taxes was up 13.8% to $611m. Net increased to $529m from $261m.

JCI begins start-stop battery production in China

Graeme Roberts | 21 Apr 2015

Johnson Controls is expanding its manufacturing operations in China by beginning production of advanced lead-acid batteries for start-stop vehicles to help automakers meet increasingly strict fuel economy and emission regulations.

JCI and SAIC unit ink interiors JV agreement

Dave Leggett | 15 Apr 2015

Johnson Controls' deal to form a huge new interiors joint venture with a components subsidiary of SAIC is a step closer to reality now the parties have signed a further agreement to form the new entity.

Visteon records US$295m full-year loss

Simon Warburton | 27 Feb 2015

Visteon has posted a US$295m net loss, including a US$343m loss on discontinued operations.

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Simon Warburton | 16 Jan 2014

Huge sheets of ice are progressing in a stately manner down the Detroit River outside the Cobo and with forecast of snow this afternoon, it will feel more like Michigan in January than yesterday's almost balmy temperatures.

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