JOHNSON CONTROLS LAUNCHES NEW BRAND TO SUPPORT FOCUS ON COMFORT, SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Stephen A. Roell, company�'s new CEO, says company�'s new communications platform and refreshed corporate identity better reflect current strategic direction.
MILWAUKEE - October 2, 2007 - Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:JCI), the global, multi-industrial leader in creating smart environments, today launched a new brand communications platform and refreshed corporate identity. The company, a global market leader in automotive experience, building efficiency and power solutions, is rolling out a new logo, corporate slogan and advertising campaign to more effectively communicate its vision and better align its image and marketing efforts with the company�'s current strategic direction.
"We will continue to be a diversified multi-industrial company, dedicated to improving comfort, safety and sustainability with innovative products and services for the places where people live, work and travel," said Mr. Roell, who officially becomes the company�'s CEO today. "With a focus on customer satisfaction, technology and global fluency, Johnson Controls is dedicated to helping make its customers more successful. We have substantial opportunities for growth around the world. In particular, we will seek to strengthen our leadership in the emerging markets through support of our global and regional customers," he added.
According to Mr. Roell, this strategy underscored the development of Johnson Controls�' new vision - "a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world" -- to more accurately reflect the company�'s broad array of capabilities. "This vision emphasizes that we�'re focused on helping our customers add value to consumers�' everyday lives," explained Mr. Roell. "Each of our businesses plays an enormously important role in making life better and easier in the places where people spend most of their time. Whether it�'s through comfortable and safe automotive interiors, or advanced systems for energy efficiency and security in buildings, or vehicle battery systems that help to protect the environment, Johnson Controls is uniquely able to provide our customers with what we call smart environments�' - ingenious solutions that are welcomed by the marketplace."
According to Denise Zutz, vice president of strategy, investor relations and communication, the brand initiative evolved as a better way of communicating the smart environments�' idea . "Our current customers, as well as those whom we�'d like to serve in the future, are clear about what�'s important to them," she explained. "They want to do business with companies that can add value and proactively solve problems. As a result, we crafted our new slogan, Ingenuity Welcome,�' to have two meanings: first, that we recognize people welcome innovation in products and services, and second, that we�'re a company looking for people with great ideas."
The recruiting-oriented tagline is not a coincidence, said Mr. Roell. "To continue to serve our customers well, we need to continue to grow effectively, especially in emerging markets," he commented. "Being an employer of choice is key to us having the right talent in place to help our customers build their business in those locations." The company believes that building its brand will enable it to better compete for the best talent in all of its geographic markets and help support Johnson Controls�' continued growth.
The company is rolling out the new slogan along with its new corporate identity, which it calls the "open globe," to the 125 countries it serves through approximately 1,300 offices and plants worldwide. In the spring of 2008, Johnson Controls will launch an advertising campaign designed to communicate its unique capabilities to the marketplace.
The Johnson Controls logo currently appears primarily on the company�'s building automation and controls products. According to Ms. Zutz, as part of the initiative, the company will now visually endorse several of its better-known, flagship product brands - HomeLink, York, Optima, Varta, Heliar and LTH -- by adding the Johnson Controls name and logo to more strongly link its products to its corporate brand. HomeLink enables consumers to operate garage doors, entry gates and home appliances from inside their vehicles. York is a line of residential and commercial heating and air-conditioning products and services. Optima is a battery brand that offers a unique spiral wound absorbent glass mat (AGM) technology for extremely high performance; Varta, Heliar and LTH are the leading regional automotive battery brands.
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 http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
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