19 March 2013

Johnson Controls expands its interiors plant in South Africa, creates 200 new jobs

East London, South Africa - 19 March 2013 - Johnson Controls announced the expansion of its interiors plant in East London, South Africa. The East London plant currently supplies interior components, including headliners and instrument panels for the Mercedes Benz C-Class. It will create 200 new jobs and will also supply door panels in the future. The new building has 13,000 m2 of space for three assembly lines. 

Our plant in East London has been growing since it opened in 2000,” said Ingo Fleischer, vice president & general manager, global Daimler Business Unit, Interiors for Johnson Controls Automotive Electronics & Interiors. “We were previously just producing interior and seating components on a just-in-time basis. Now we are deepening the value chain, and adding more production capabilities.” 

We would like to thank the Department of Trade and Industry and the South African Government, for supporting us with our latest investment in the East London Industrial Development Zone,” said Marco vom Wege, vice president & general manager Johnson Controls Automotive South Africa (Pty) Ltd. 

The company established its operations in South Africa in 1994 with approximately 65 employees. Today, Johnson Controls employs more than 1,700 people in its five plants in South Africa. The company’s plants in Port Elizabeth and Sandton produce metal structures and mechanisms for automotive seats. The plants in Uitenhage and Pretoria supply complete car seats on a just-in-time basis to various major automakers. 

The South African automotive industry has shown continuous growth since we established our presence here. The country has become an important location within the global automotive manufacturing network,” said Fleischer. 

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. With 240 locations worldwide, it supports all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through its products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. 

Source: Johnson Controls