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For the first time at the Tokyo Motor Show/New Design Center in Japan: Johnson Controls extends presence in Asia

Tokyo, Japan (ots) - Johnson Controls, one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive interior systems, is taking part in the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show for the first time. The show takes place from October 27 to November 7 at the Nippon Convention Center. Johnson Controls' product display reflects the company's whole range of interior systems. The company is presenting overhead, door and seating systems as well as electronics and cockpit systems. Johnson Controls' presence in Tokyo and the opening of the Asian Design Center in Ayase City, Japan will strengthen the company's global capabilities in innovative interior systems. New Design Center in Ayase City, Japan The Design Center, which has product ideation, concept, prototype and modeling capabilities, is located at the company's Asian Technical Center. The facility in Ayase City, Kanagawa, became part of Johnson Controls on acquisition of Ikeda Bussan last year. The Asian Design Studio team is made up of designers, 3-D modelers and engineers. "Having design studios in North America, Europe and Asia offers us the unique opportunity to learn more about specific market segments, and to design and develop products that fit particular lifestyles around the world", says David Muyres, Vice President Design and Consumer Research Europe and International. Meeting consumers' expectations worldwide "Our recent expansion in Japan enhances our worldwide capabilities in design, product development and manufacturing", says Stewart Lang, Group Vice President and General Manager of the Nissan/Mitsubishi Business Unit. "Our exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show represents our commitment to gaining a better understanding of the needs of our Asian customers." Johnson Controls opened its Japan Office and Engineering Technical Center of the Automotive Systems Group in Yokohama in 1997. Recently, Johnson Controls acquired the Japan-based automotive seat manufacturer, Ikeda Bussan Company - a joint-venture partner since 1986. Johnson Controls has a total of 21 facilities throughout Asia. The company's Asian customers include Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota. Johnson Controls, Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a leading supplier of seating and interior systems and batteries. For non-residential facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control components and systems and facility management services. Johnson Controls (New York Stock Exchange: JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The European headquarters is in Burscheid, Germany. Its sales for 2001 totaled 18.4 billion US-Dollars, the Automotive Systems Group alone accounting for 13.6 billion US-Dollars of this figure. In the current "Industry Week" business magazine rankings, Johnson Controls has been listed as one of the top 100 best run companies in the world for the fifth time in succession. ots Original Text Service: Johnson Controls Internet: http://www.presseportal.de Further information is available from: Johnson Controls GmbH Automotive Systems Group Claudia Steinhoff Industriestraße 20-30 D-51399 Burscheid Tel.: +49 2174/65-3243 Fax: +49 2174/65-3219 Original-Content von: Adient Ltd. & Co. KG, übermittelt durch news aktuell

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