SHANGHAI -- Johnson Controls Inc. is forming a joint venture in the southern Chinese city of Changsha to make interiors for Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. and Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
The plant will make instrument panels, door panels, floor consoles, seats and overhead consoles, said John Moulton, vice president at Johnson Controls Group.
The plant will employ 700 workers and will open in 2012, when the Changsha plant under construction by Fiat and Guangzhou begins vehicle production.
The Changsha project is an outgrowth of Johnson Controls' 2008 joint venture with Guangzhou Auto, which began making interiors for the automaker's self-branded cars last year.
Johnson Controls, of Milwaukee, makes interior electronics, instrument panels, overhead systems, center and floor consoles, and batteries. It ranks No. 8 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide original-equipment automotive parts sales of $12.8 billion in fiscal 2009.