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Johnson Controls expanding, upgrading UK site

By Richard Higgs, Plastics News Wednesbury, UK-Johnson Controls (UK) Ltd. is investing £5.7 million ($10.4 million) to upgrade its Wednesbury site in England, where it makes foam pads for car seats and headrests.The company will improve existing buildings and construct a new one at the complex, which employs 240. The project, set for completion in September, will include a new polyurethane injection moulding machine-a Krauss Maffei return-reaction, 42-station racetrack line, according to Harry Snee, the plant manager.The English operation has seen its customer portfolio grow steadily since it was set up in 1994. It also is responding to higher specification levels and a wider product range demanded by the market.”As the expectations of the automotive customer continue to increase, it is critical as a business that we remain competitive,” Snee said.Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands gave the firm a $1.56 million selective assistance grant for the project. The new plant and equipment will bring “technological and environmental benefits” to the company and enable it secure new contracts, according to Advantage.Johnson Controls (UK) supplies Toyota, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Land Rover and BMW. The company is a unit of Glendale, Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls Inc.”

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