By Rhoda Miel, Plastics News Staff
Plymouth, Michigan -- Auto supplier Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) is adding to its capabilities in seating with the acquisition of automotive sport and speciality seat unit of Germany's Recaro GmbH.
The acquisition of the Recaro automotive seating business includes its sport and racing seats, child safety seats and the Keiper group, with an expertise in mechanisms and metal components, including systems to raise and lower seat heights, adjust seat backs and rear seat latches.
The groups include 4750 employees in seven countries. The deal, which should be completed during the first half of 2011, does not include Keiper's operations in Brazil. The companies did not disclose a purchase price for the deal.
JCI, whose Automotive Experience group is based in Plymouth, Michigan, will use Recaro and Keiper technology throughout its global seating operations, said Beda Bolzenius, president of JCI's auto group, in a 30 Dec news release.
Recaro, of Kirchheim, Germany, retains its aircraft seating business.