Kecskemét, Hungary — Johnson Controls has launched production at a new facility in Kecskemét, Hungary. The just-in-time (JIT) plant supplies complete seat systems for the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
“We are proud to support Mercedes Benz’s new car manufacturing plant in Kecskémet and also establish our own operations in the region,” commented Péter Dallos, plant manager of the Johnson Controls Kecskémet facility.
This plant currently employs 130 people. An additional 70 jobs will be created in the autumn when a second shift will be added.
“Before joining Johnson Controls, all production team members were unemployed,” said Dallos. “The profound education they received from the Labour Center of Kecskemét and the Türr István Training and Research Institute provided all required skills.”
The global automotive seating, interiors and panelling company recently launched production of the seating system for the first and second seat row for the B-Class at the Kecskemét plant. A large number of different types of seats are manufactured in the plant, including a standard or sport seat, with variations in colour, material, and special equipment, JCI said in a 13 April news release.
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience has been in Hungary since 2007. In addition to Kecskemét, the company operates plants in Mezölak and Mór that produce metal seating components. In 2010, Johnson Controls acquired the Seton Hungary plant based in Pápa, which produces leather-wrapped car interior components. The new plant increases the company´s number of employees in Hungary to 2500.