Johnson Controls Recognized by Auto Interiors Magazine With Three Design and Technology Awards for 2001

Products and concepts honored reflect supplier's strengths

in vehicle telematics, infotainment and total interior design



May 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Johnson Controls, Inc.

    PLYMOUTH, Mich., May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls (NYSE:   JCI) -- a
 leading global manufacturer of automotive interiors -- has been honored by
 Auto Interiors magazine with three Design and Technology Awards for 2001. The
 company was recognized for outstanding innovation in creating three unique
 products and concepts for vehicle interiors. They include BlueConnect(TM), an
 advanced electronics feature that permits a driver to use a Bluetooth-enabled
 cellular phone, while keeping both hands on the steering wheel; AutoVision(R),
 a vehicle-integrated entertainment system with a portable, removable DVD
 player; and Kion, a concept vehicle that offers many living-room comforts and
 functions in its full-featured interior.
     "Our company is extremely gratified to receive these awards," said Bill
 Fluharty, vice president - industrial design, North America for Johnson
 Controls. "This kind of recognition reaffirms our commitment to innovation,
 and rewards the energy, enthusiasm and expertise we bring in creating
 tomorrow's vehicle interiors today."
     Sponsored by Auto Interiors magazine, the Design and Technology Awards are
 intended to stimulate creative thinking and encourage innovation. The awards
 program honors products and concepts that provide key benefits to original-
 equipment manufacturers, suppliers or consumers, or otherwise make a
 substantial contribution to the advancement of the auto industry. An
 independent panel of judges, comprised of automotive designers and engineers,
 selected the award winners.
     Johnson Controls' BlueConnect won a first-place award in the Multimedia
 and Telematics category of the awards program's Concept Division. AutoVision
 was honored with a second-place prize in the Multimedia and Telematics
 category of the Concept Division. And the Kion concept vehicle gained a second
 place award in the Comfort, Convenience and Safety category of the Concept
 Division.
     Officials from Johnson Controls were presented with the three awards
 yesterday at the Auto Interiors Expo, an industry event that is being held
 this week at Cobo Center in Detroit.
     The Plymouth, Michigan (U.S.A.)-based automotive business of Johnson
 Controls -- which employs more than 77,000 people at 285 facilities worldwide
 -- achieved US$12.7 billion in sales for the 2000 fiscal year. In model-year
 2001, it will supply interior products for more than 23 million vehicles.
     Johnson Controls, Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and
 facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major
 supplier of seating and interior systems, and batteries. For non-residential
 facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services,
 energy management and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls
 (NYSE:   JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 (U.S.A.). Its sales for 2000 totaled US$17.2 billion.
 
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     NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of BlueConnect, AutoVision, Kion and Bill Fluharty
 are available upon request from Debra Lacey at 734-254-5735.
     For access to other Johnson Controls news releases and additional company
 information, visit the company's web site on the World Wide Web at
 http://www.johnsoncontrols.com .
     CONTACT:  Bill Dawson, 734-254-5925, or Debra Lacey, 734-254-5735, both of
 Johnson Controls, Inc.
     Company News On-Call:  http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/473547.html or fax,
 800-758-5804, ext. 473547.
 
 
 

SOURCE Johnson Controls, Inc.
    PLYMOUTH, Mich., May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls (NYSE:   JCI) -- a
 leading global manufacturer of automotive interiors -- has been honored by
 Auto Interiors magazine with three Design and Technology Awards for 2001. The
 company was recognized for outstanding innovation in creating three unique
 products and concepts for vehicle interiors. They include BlueConnect(TM), an
 advanced electronics feature that permits a driver to use a Bluetooth-enabled
 cellular phone, while keeping both hands on the steering wheel; AutoVision(R),
 a vehicle-integrated entertainment system with a portable, removable DVD
 player; and Kion, a concept vehicle that offers many living-room comforts and
 functions in its full-featured interior.
     "Our company is extremely gratified to receive these awards," said Bill
 Fluharty, vice president - industrial design, North America for Johnson
 Controls. "This kind of recognition reaffirms our commitment to innovation,
 and rewards the energy, enthusiasm and expertise we bring in creating
 tomorrow's vehicle interiors today."
     Sponsored by Auto Interiors magazine, the Design and Technology Awards are
 intended to stimulate creative thinking and encourage innovation. The awards
 program honors products and concepts that provide key benefits to original-
 equipment manufacturers, suppliers or consumers, or otherwise make a
 substantial contribution to the advancement of the auto industry. An
 independent panel of judges, comprised of automotive designers and engineers,
 selected the award winners.
     Johnson Controls' BlueConnect won a first-place award in the Multimedia
 and Telematics category of the awards program's Concept Division. AutoVision
 was honored with a second-place prize in the Multimedia and Telematics
 category of the Concept Division. And the Kion concept vehicle gained a second
 place award in the Comfort, Convenience and Safety category of the Concept
 Division.
     Officials from Johnson Controls were presented with the three awards
 yesterday at the Auto Interiors Expo, an industry event that is being held
 this week at Cobo Center in Detroit.
     The Plymouth, Michigan (U.S.A.)-based automotive business of Johnson
 Controls -- which employs more than 77,000 people at 285 facilities worldwide
 -- achieved US$12.7 billion in sales for the 2000 fiscal year. In model-year
 2001, it will supply interior products for more than 23 million vehicles.
     Johnson Controls, Inc. is a global market leader in automotive systems and
 facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major
 supplier of seating and interior systems, and batteries. For non-residential
 facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services,
 energy management and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls
 (NYSE:   JCI), founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 (U.S.A.). Its sales for 2000 totaled US$17.2 billion.
 
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     NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos of BlueConnect, AutoVision, Kion and Bill Fluharty
 are available upon request from Debra Lacey at 734-254-5735.
     For access to other Johnson Controls news releases and additional company
 information, visit the company's web site on the World Wide Web at
 http://www.johnsoncontrols.com .
     CONTACT:  Bill Dawson, 734-254-5925, or Debra Lacey, 734-254-5735, both of
 Johnson Controls, Inc.
     Company News On-Call:  http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/473547.html or fax,
 800-758-5804, ext. 473547.
 
 
 SOURCE  Johnson Controls, Inc.

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