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Johnson Controls to build 1.3 billion yuan battery plant in north China

Johnson Controls Inc. plans to build a $200 million (1.3 billion yuan) automotive battery plant in the north China port city of Tianjin.

The plant will be the U.S. supplier's first in China to produce batteries for vehicles with stop-start systems, Johnson Controls said in a statement.

Construction of the plant will begin this year or early next year, and production is to start in late 2014 with annual capacity of more than 6 million batteries, the company said.

The Tianjin factory will be Johnson Controls' fourth battery plant in China.

The company has plants in Shanghai and Changxing in east China's Zhejiang province. Its plant in the southwest China municipality of Chongqing is scheduled to start production this year.

Johnson Controls predicts China's annual new-car sales will reach 25 million units by 2015. To supply the fast growing auto market, it plans to increase its annual battery capacity in China to 30 million by 2017.

Johnson Controls, of Milwaukee, ranks No. 7 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide parts sales to automakers of $21.3 billion in fiscal 2011.

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