In 1883 Warren S. Johnson, a professor at State Normal School in Whitewater, Wis., received a patent for the first electric thermostat. His invention was the start of the facility management industry and prompted the formation of a new company.
In 1885 he founded the Johnson Electric Service Company, which produced, installed and maintained automated temperature control systems for buildings.
The company was renamed Johnson Controls in 1974. In 1978 Johnson Controls took over the Globe Union Company, a manufacturer of automotive batteries, spare parts and original car parts based in Wisconsin (USA).
In 1985, the company acquired Michigan-based Hoover Universal, Inc., and thereby entered the automotive seating business. Just one year later, the first just-in-time plant in Europe was founded with Ikeda Hoover in Sunderland, UK. The result was a continuous expansion of expertise in the individual product areas of automotive interior systems.
Today, Johnson Controls consists of three business areas: Automotive Experience, Power Solutions and Building Efficiency.
Automotive Experience company profile
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience is one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive interior systems, electronics and batteries.
Some 91.200 employees develop and produce seating systems, seating components (metals, mechanisms, foam, seat covers, fabrics), instrument clusters/cockpits, door panels, overhead systems, integrated interiors, interior electronics and electrical energy management.
In the past financial year (2011) it posted a turnover of 20,1 Mrd. USD, of which some 10,3 Mrd. USD (51%) was earned in Europe.
Automotive Experience product range
On the basis of intensive consumer research, Johnson Controls constantly develops new products, functions and equipment details that make driving even safer and more comfortable.
In the past, most interior elements such as cockpits and door, seating and overhead systems were developed and manufactured independently of one other. A great deal of potential optimization and added value was overlooked as a result of viewing these interior elements in isolation, when they actually belong together.
For this reason, Johnson Controls pursues an integrated interior solution approach. This means that product zones (cockpits and door, seating and overhead systems, as well as electronics) along with core competency areas (design, comfort, environment, safety and acoustics) are considered together and in an integrated way.
This results in automotive interiors with better product characteristics and greater safety, comfort and functionality – integrated solutions that offer more to carmakers and drivers than the sum of their parts.
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience, Open Innovation
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience has launched this Open Innovation (OI) site to enable outside inventors to more easily share their technology ideas with us. We believe that by partnering with external technology providers, we can accelerate product development and innovation.
If you have a technology idea that you think we might be interested in, please take a moment to learn about our technology interests, the OI process and make a submission at www.johnsoncontrols.com/openinnovation