$245 Mil­lion In­vest­ment By John­son Con­trols for AGM Bat­tery Man­u­fac­tur­ing

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Ve­hi­cles have be­come in­creas­ingly elec­tronic and some now have up to 50 com­put­ers and 150 elec­tri­fied de­vices work­ing to­gether - in­clud­ing nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems, power doors and win­dows, heated seats and other safety fea­tures.

Stan­dard old lead-acid bat­ter­ies can’t keep up with such power de­mands. The next step up in bat­tery tech­nol­ogy are Ab­sorbent Glass Mat (AGM) bat­ter­ies. AGM bat­ter­ies hold a greater charge, are main­te­nance free and spill-proof and much less ex­pen­sive than lithium-ion bat­ter­ies used in many elec­tric cars, such as the Tesla.

John­son Con­trols, the world’s largest man­u­fac­turer of AGM bat­ter­ies, an­nounced re­cently that it is in­vest­ing $245 mil­lion be­tween 2016 and 2020 to dou­ble AGM pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity in North Amer­ica.

“Due to in­creas­ing power needs for ve­hi­cle ac­ces­sories and safety func­tions, along with chang­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, au­to­mo­tive bat­ter­ies play an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in to­day’s ve­hi­cles,” said Joe Wal­icki, pres­i­dent, John­son Con­trols Power So­lu­tions.

In ad­di­tion to grow­ing con­sumer de­mand for re­place­ment bat­ter­ies, au­tomak­ers de­pend on AGM tech­nol- ogy to help im­prove fuel ef­fi­ciency up to 5 per­cent in ve­hi­cles with start-stop sys­tems. The num­ber of cars built in North Amer­ica with start-stop sys­tems will ap­proach 50 per­cent in 2020 due to in­creas­ingly strin­gent en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions.

“Be­tween 2015 and 2020, John­son Con­trols will in­vest, in to­tal, more than $780 mil­lion glob­ally to in­crease our AGM man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity,” said Wal­icki. “

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