JCI licenses technology to German firm

DETROIT - Johnson Controls Inc. has agreed to license the North American technical, manufacturing and commercial rights to its seat cooling technology to a German supplier.

W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG of Odelzhausen, Germany, is a developer and manufacturer of seat heating products and related technologies in North America and Europe. The company's North American headquarters is in Windsor, Ontario. Terms were not disclosed.

The Johnson Controls technology uses fans to create a vacuum inside the vehicle's seat to draw air through the seat for comfort.

W.E.T. said it acquired the technology to increase sales and expand its product line.

W.E.T. was founded in 1968. The company designs and makes climate-control seats, heated seat modules, heated steering wheels, wiring harnesses and flat-cable harnesses. The company has eight plants worldwide. Sales this year are expected to total about $120 million.

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