Johnson Controls Teams Up with Mattress Manufacturer Harrison Spinks Ltd to Create the ComfortThin Automotive Seat Concept

 Johnson Controls Teams Up with Mattress Manufacturer Harrison Spinks Ltd to

                Create the ComfortThin Automotive Seat Concept

  PR Newswire

  BURSCHEID, Germany, January 31, 2012

BURSCHEID, Germany, January 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Seat features the bedding industry ' s innovative pocketed coil technology, a
100 percent recyclable alternative to traditional seat foam

Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems,
door and instrument panels, and interior electronics, announced that it has
formed a development relationship with luxury mattress manufacturer Harrison
Spinks to integrate pocketed coil spring mattress technology into an
automotive seat concept called ComfortThin. The thin profile seats replace
conventional urethane foam pads with a 100 percent recyclable alternative, and
provide a five to 20 percent weight reduction. This technology will be
available for 2015 model year vehicles.

"As part of our innovation process, Johnson Controls looks to apply technology
from other industries into automotive applications," said Andreas Eppinger,
group vice president, technology management for Johnson Controls Automotive
Experience. "Leveraging the Harrison Spinks pocketed coil spring mat
technology allows us to offer a seating concept with an unrivalled level of
support that contours to the vehicle occupant's body for short- and long-term

"We are delighted to have signed this agreement with the industry leader
Johnson Controls so that we can bring this sustainable alternative to
traditional foam technology to the automotive industry," said Simon Spinks,
Managing Director of Harrison Spinks.

Applicable for first, second and third row seats, the ComfortThin seat
provides a dramatically thinner, tailored seat back with up to a 20 percent
reduction at the center of the seat and a 35 percent or more reduction in the
bolsters. The active seating surface adapts to passengers occupants of all
sizes. Each spring unit is able to react independently, further improving
seating life while giving occupants the right amount of support when and where
it is needed.

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About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 162,000 employees create
quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational
efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced
batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for
automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885,
with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth
strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value
to shareholders and making our customers successful.

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience:

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems,
door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major
automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products,
technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With 240 plants
worldwide, we are where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed
the comfort and style of our products, from single components to complete
interiors. With our global capability we supply approximately 50 million cars
per year.

About Harrison Spinks:

Founded in 1840, Harrison Spinks encompasses three quality bed brands
Harrison, Somnus and Spink & Edgar as well as Harrison Spinks Components with
the Spinks Springs brand. The business is run by the Spinks family who has
been involved since the 1930s. True to its origins, as well as high end bed
and mattress manufacture, Harrison Spinks make high quality comfort pocket
springs for sale worldwide through its components business. The high end
mattress businesses provides the drive and understanding to develop new
comfort technologies which can then be sold into furniture, automotive and
other mattress businesses around the world. Harrison Spinks has a long history
of innovation in components and spring technology, utilizing patented
machinery and design technology.

Harrison Spinks employs 300 people, has 3 factories in Leeds with over
350,000ft² for the manufacturing of pocketed springs, a 300 acre farm where it
grows natural non-woven materials, such as hemp, flax and wool for mattresses,
and a 50 acre wood from which Harrison Spinks plans to incorporate the timber
into divan frames as soon as next year.  

For more information, please contact: Johnson Controls GmbH            
Automotive Experience                 Industriestraße 20 - 30 51399 Burscheid
Ulrich Andree Tel.: +49-2174-5-4343 Fax: +49-2174-5-3219 E-Mail:

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