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New Johnson Controls plant in Tianjin, China to be its first in China for advanced batteries for start-stop vehicles

Johnson Controls, Inc. will build a $200-million automotive battery plant in Tianjin, China, pending final approval. The facility will supply automakers and the aftermarket in China with high quality maintenance-free lead-acid starter batteries and advanced batteries for start-stop vehicles.

Construction for the Tianjin plant will begin between 2012 and the first half of 2013 with production expected to start in late 2014. The Tianjin Plant will produce more than 6 million batteries annually at full capacity.

Johnson Controls plans to grow to 30 million in annual battery capacity in China by 2017. The company recently launched production at its Changxing facility and its Chongqing plant is scheduled to launch later this year. The company also has an automotive battery plant in Shanghai that was part of an acquisition in 2005.

This plant demonstrates our long-term commitment to the rapidly growing automotive industry in China. We are forecasting 25 million in annual new car sales in China by 2015. This plant is a further indication of the strategic importance of this market for Johnson Controls.

—Alex Molinaroli, president, Johnson Controls Power Solutions

Tianjin is the largest coastal city in the North and is considered the economic center of the region. Its population is approaching 13 million, with a growth rate of 17.4% and a GDP of US$174.6 billion in 2011, pushing the growth rate to 16.5%. Located on the East Coast of Tianjin and center of Circum-Bohai-Sea Region, Tianjin Binhai New Area has a planning area of 2,270 square kilometers and a population of 2.48 million. As part of China’s strategic development plan, Tianjin Binhai New Area has become another engine for regional economic growth after Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and Pudong New Area.

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HarveyD

Amazing growth rates for the area and for Johnson Controls battery plants.
With the planned very massive battery production, cost will go down. They will probably flood the world market and force many USA/Canada/EU plants to close.

Many factory workers in USA/EU/Canada will have to be retrained and re-deployed on farms, mines, tar sands and SG extraction etc in the very near future.

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HarveyD

Try reading the second sentence again. -- "The facility will supply automakers and the aftermarket in China ..."

Also;
1. Johnson Controls is and will continue to be a major US manufacturer and is even has posted employment openings if they can find trained workers.

2. The manufacture of lead acid batteries is probably highly automated and not worth shipping from China.

3. Farming is also highly automated in the US and Canada and long term, fewer people are employed in farming.

4. It is more and more a world economy.

I am currently working for a start-up that is automating a specialized agricultural harvester. We are using a John Deere diesel engine. John Deere is a US company but has a global presence. The engine block is assembled in Mexico, the turbo-charger comes from France, the radiator comes from Turkey, the charge cooler comes from Slovokia, etc. Our tires are from Finland but the wheels are made in Canada. Our Optima batteries are made by Johnson Controls in the US. We hope to sell our machine world wide. We will certainly have a market in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

HarveyD

sd:

As USA/Canada/EU factories are progressively closing down and mass production is aggressively moving to countries with much lower labor cost such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico. Indonesia, Thailand, etc. we will have more and more unemployed factory workers. Even the car/battery/tire factories will move out as many others did. GM, after receiving $$B from local governments, is closing their large Oshawa Ontario plant. Most GM vehicles will be built in China-India-Brazil-Mexico-Turkey-Thailand etc by 2030.

USA/Canada have enough farmland to feed twice as many people than we have and will eventually produce and export more to Asia, Africa and EU etc. That's why many currently unemployed factory workers will be retrained and re-deployed to the farm/food industries.

For Canada and part of USA, many unemployed factory workers will have to be retrained and re-deployed to work in mines, Tar sands, Shale Oil/Gas, Potash, Wind turbines installations, Solar energy installations, NG/DG power plant constructions, Power grid upgrades, High Speed e-trains/tracks, EV charger installations, New Roads and bridges, Roads/streets electrification for wireless on-the-move EV charging, etc etc.

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