Burscheid, Germany -- Johnson Controls, a major maker of automotive seating, interiors and electronics, recently completed its purchase of German automotive suppliers C. Rob. Hammerstein (CRH), Keiper and Recaro Automotive.
These companies will be integrated into two new Johnson Controls product business units: Special Seats and Metals and Mechanisms.
The Special Seats business unit focuses on complete automotive and commercial vehicle seats and will be led by Elmar Deegener.
The Metals and Mechanisms business unit is comprised of metal seating components and structures as well as mechanisms, and will be led by Robert Houston.
Special Seats represents a new business unit for Johnson Controls. It is comprised of the Recaro Automotive seat business and the Keiper commercial vehicle seat business.
Deegener, most recently chief executive officer for Keiper (since 2005) will assume responsibility for integrating and shaping the new unit.
In Metals and Mechanisms, the company will combine all its own competence and that of CRH and Keiper related to metal seating components and structures as well as mechanisms for front and rear seat systems.
In his new role, Houston, former ceo and managing director of CRH, will be responsible for the integration and leadership of the business.
Both men will report to Johannes Roters, group vice president and general manager, Seating Components at Johnson Controls Automotive Experience.