HANOVER, GERMANY, January 8, 2014 - The Volvo Car Corporation has honored Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with core businesses in the automotive and building industries, with three awards for outstanding product quality and sustainable manufacturing operations.
Johnson Controls supplies the Volvo Car Corporation with Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries for versions of every one of the automaker's models in Europe and North America. Volvo's awards to Johnson Controls are:
Volvo Cars Award of Excellence 2013 for outstanding achievements in environmental and social responsibility
Volvo Cars Quality Excellence Award for Zwickau production facility
Volvo Cars Quality Excellence Award for Hanover production facility
In selecting Johnson Controls for the environmental and social responsibility award, Volvo Cars recognized the supplier for its sustainable operational practices and for the fuel emission savings produced by AGM technology. Johnson Controls AGM batteries support Start-Stop functionality in Volvo Cars. Start-Stop vehicle engines power off when the vehicle has come to a stop, reducing fuel consumption by as much as eight percent, under certain driving conditions, according to Johnson Controls research.
In 2013, Johnson Controls invested more than 100 million euros in the expansion of its factory in Zwickau, Germany, making it the world's largest production site for Start-Stop batteries. Since 2007, Johnson Controls has produced 20 million AGM batteries.
In addition to the environmental award, Johnson Controls received two Volvo Cars Quality Excellence Awards - one for the company's production facility in Hanover, Germany and the other for the production facility in Zwickau, Germany.
In evaluating award recipients, Volvo Cars examined twelve elements of each plant's operations, including logistics and technical assistance. Johnson Controls received an outstanding rating for a wide range of criteria, including on-time delivery and overall customer satisfaction. The facilities received perfect ratings in multiple categories, including trustworthiness.
Holger Jetses, General Manager Power Solutions Europe, accepted the awards at a ceremony in Gothenburg, Sweden. "For more than 20 years we have been working in close cooperation with Volvo Cars," Jetses said. "These three awards are a great honor for us and reaffirm our commitment to high standards of quality, reliability, and performance. It also motivates us to continue our sustainability efforts - both with our products and our production sites."
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About Johnson Controls:
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
About Johnson Controls Power Solutions:
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop, hybrid and electric vehicles. Our 50 manufacturing, recycling and distribution centers supply more than one-third of the world's lead-acid batteries to major automakers and aftermarket retailers. Through our innovations we are building the advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles. We were the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass-production hybrid vehicles. Our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our world-class technology, manufacturing and recycling capabilities.