Shanghai, China — Shanghai Yanfeng Johnson Controls Seating Co. Ltd (YFJC), a leader in the Chinese automotive seating industry, is a joint venture between Johnson Controls and Yanfeng Visteon, formed 15 years ago.
In its 15 years, YFJC has gradually achieved vertical integration in the entire production chain and has become the largest automotive seating supplier in China. It is also Johnson Controls' biggest seating joint venture in Asia in terms of scale, management and technology.
By building on Johnson Controls' core product and technology portfolio, YFJC "can provide automakers with a full range of seating solutions that support the differentiation of their vehicle brands," said a Johnson Controls press statement.
YFJC's products range from standard four-way to luxury 18-way seats, from components such as metal structures, mechanisms, foam, trim and headrests to complete seating systems.
In addition to domestic business, YFJC delivers seating products to 19 countries. YFJC has 35 manufacturing and engineering facilities across China and employs more than 14,000 employees. A strategic footprint has been formed with Shanghai as the national centre and Yantai, Nanjing, Chongqing and Guangzhou as four regional hubs.
YFJC's technical centre has more than 450 engineers and its technical capabilities cover innovation, advanced engineering, product development, consumer research, industrial design, benchmarking, prototype and testing capabilities such as sled testing for seating products.
The JV has also developed many self-owned intellectual properties that are specially designed for the Chinese market.