Johnson Controls Unveils 'Earth-Friendly' Automotive Headliner - Comprised of 50 Percent Plant-Based Material - at Detroit Auto Show

Company's Ecobond headliner reduces 'carbon footprint' with natural

material, lower weight and no glass content

Jan 15, 2008, 00:00 ET from Johnson Controls

    DETROIT, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls is committed to
 sustainability and creating "environmentally friendly" automotive products,
 as reflected in the new Ecobond headliner that is in the final stages of
 development at the company. The Ecobond headliner is a lightweight solution
 -- comprised of 50 percent biomaterials by mass -- that fully meets
 customer requirements for strength, performance and acoustics.
     Johnson Controls is showcasing the Ecobond headliner -- and many other
 innovations -- at the company's 2008 North American International Auto Show
 exhibit in room D2-15 of Detroit's Cobo Center.
     "With our existing processes and resources, we have created and
 manufactured an ingenious, earth-friendly headliner from sustainable
 materials -- an outstanding product that meets the performance and cost
 expectations of our customers," said Byron Foster, who leads the North
 American interiors business of Johnson Controls. "Additionally, the Ecobond
 headliner is made from natural fibers instead of glass, making the final
 product a lightweight, bio-based product, which can help increase fuel
 economy and reduce carbon emissions, and is easier to recycle at the end of
 the vehicle's useful life."
     The production process for the Ecobond headliner relies on soy-based
 adhesives, a soy-based urethane core foam, and natural fibers -- reducing
 the need for non-renewable resources. The headliner is made via the use of
 an existing technology that Johnson Controls established for its
 Polybond(TM) process. Soy-based polyols are blended with petroleum polyols
 to create a foam core.
     Natural materials -- including hemp, flax and knaf -- replace the
 fiberglass that is traditionally used in headliner production. Finally, a
 soy-based urethane is used to bond materials and create a semi-rigid
 product. The Ecobond headliner satisfies customers' design requirements for
 stiffness, toughness and acoustics. It also is lighter than standard
 thermoplastic headliners. Using the new Ecobond approach is not expected to
 add costs to the headliner production process.
     By utilizing soy and other abundant and renewable plant-based
 materials, Johnson Controls is working to fulfill its sustainability goals,
 with initiatives that benefit its customers, the general public and future
 generations. Other earth-friendly products from Johnson Controls include
 EcoCore natural-fiber door panels, as well as soy-based seating pads, which
 will be featured on numerous 2008 model-year vehicles.
     "Given the auto industry's strong focus on green initiatives, we have
 an excellent opportunity to use sustainable resources, while creating
 appealing products that meet our customers' needs," Foster said.
 "Leveraging the momentum of the Johnson Controls seating team, we have
 extended the use of soy-based materials to other, high-quality interior
     Johnson Controls (NYSE:   JCI) is the global leader that brings ingenuity
 to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating
 technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that
 redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team
 of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world
 through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12
 million homes and one million commercial buildings. Our commitment to
 sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate
 citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and
 services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit

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