Johnson Controls buys-out metal seat structures manufacturer

Johnson Controls, a global player in automotive seating systems, interior components and electronics, will acquire the C. Rob. Hammerstein Group (CRH) – a global supplier of metal seat structures and mechanisms.

Johnson Controls, a global player in automotive seating systems, interior components and electronics, will acquire the C. Rob. Hammerstein Group (CRH) – a global supplier of metal seat structures and mechanisms.

CRH’s headquarters and main development facilities are based in Solingen, Germany, and its products are recognised for its high level of quality.

The acquisition creates new opportunities for global growth and vertical integration in the premium vehicle segments where CRH has a proven track record.

“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,” said Beda Bolzenius, Vice President, Johnson Controls and President, Automotive Experience.

“We will maintain the CRH brand name as it is synonymous with high quality metal structures and components.”

CRH’s expertise includes the complete product development process, from design, engineering and manufacturing of the individual components to the integration of the complete seat system.

Its products and capabilities include front seat structures, seat tracks and height adjusters, multi-way adjusters, power gear boxes, as well as special applications such as steering column adjusters.

This transaction also will enable Johnson Controls to provide new technology and product solutions for its customers that will differentiate the company from its competitors.

“Through the combination of CRH’s advanced technology capabilities, such as its highly precise gearbox units, with Johnson Controls’ electronic body controller knowledge enables us to provide entirely new solutions in all automotive mechatronic applications,” said Bolzenius.