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Johnson Controls Buys German Seat Parts Company

Auto parts maker Johnson Controls Inc. said it has signed a deal to buy German seat frame and components maker C. Rob. Hammerstein Group.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Auto parts maker Johnson Controls Inc. said Thursday it has signed a deal to buy German seat frame and components maker C. Rob. Hammerstein Group. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Johnson Controls said in a statement that CRH would be integrated into the seating components unit that is part of its Automotive Experience business.

Solingen, Germany-based CRH specializes in the design, engineering and manufacturing of seat structures, tracks, height adjusters, power gearboxes and steering column adjusters, Johnson Controls' statement said.

"The acquisition of CRH will substantially enhance our seat product offering as it will advance our strong market position through global manufacturing capabilities, innovation and further optimization of our portfolio," Beda Bolzenius, president of JCI's Automotive Experience.

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls plans to keep the CRH brand name because of its reputation for high quality, Bolzenius said. The companies will work together to reduce weight in seats of future vehicles, the statement said.

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