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Johnson Controls quadruples AGM battery production at Zwickau to meet demand for Start-Stop systems
2 October 2013
Johnson Controls Power Solutions has expanded its Zwickau, Germany AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery plant with a €100-million investment, making it the world’s largest production facility for AGM batteries. The plant’s increased production capacity is now 6.6 million batteries a year—four times the plant’s output prior to the expansion. This technology is used mainly for Start-Stop vehicles.
The expansion is the direct result of increasing consumer demand for Start-Stop vehicle technology, the company said. Projections show that by 2018, roughly 80% of all new cars produced in Europe will be equipped with Start-Stop technology.
The demand for Start-Stop-Batteries will increase significantly in the next years. AGM batteries from Zwickau play an important role. With the expansion of our plant, we are prepared for the upcoming requirements.—Holger Jetses, Vice President and General Manager of Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA
The expansion project included the addition of a new production hall, a new logistics building and four new assembly lines. The expansion has allowed Johnson Controls to double its employment at the site, from roughly 200 employees prior to the renovation to 400 employees currently.
The company also has reduced the site’s carbon dioxide emissions by 500 tons per year.
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