USA: Johnson Controls has officially opened a $35m expansion of its manufacturing and research and development centre in Wuxi, China.
It is said that the expansion will meet the demand for energy efficient buildings by tripling the company’s manufacturing capacity to serve the growing market.
Located in Jiangsu province, the entire Wuxi campus now covers 138,500m² and is Johnson Controls’ largest research and development centre for building solutions for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, as well as industrial refrigeration solutions. The campus will also spearhead continuing innovation on heat recovery solutions.
“Urbanisation and the government’s efforts to promote sustainable development are driving demand in China for energy efficient buildings,” said Dave Myers, president, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency. “This is a real opportunity for us to expand our presence and use our expertise and innovation in a growing global market.”
The new facility is equipped with the latest automatic and intelligent production lines and employs integrated building technologies and solutions such as rainwater recycling and solar energy systems to meet LEED Gold certification standards.
The expansion is part of Johnson Controls continued commitment to China across its businesses. Last year, the company announced plans to build a second global corporate headquarters in Shanghai. The 35,000m² campus is expected to be completed by late 2016.