In November 1916, Johnson Service Company (predecessor of Johnson Controls) designed a thermostat for refrigeration equipment at an U.S. Navy institution in Beijing. This thermostat is considered as being the first product Johnson Controls (JCI) launched in China, and was used for controlling the temperature of cold storage facilities, laying the foundation for JCI’s rapid expansion in the Chinese market.
The year 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of JCI’s entry on the Chinese market. Over the past 100 years, JCI has laid great emphasis on the Chinese market. Since the 1990s, JCI has enjoyed rapid development in China, keeping pace with China’s economic growth. Nowadays, JCI has set up 17 plants and has over 14,000 employees in 44 cities across China. In order to mark the 100th anniversary, JCI will open another global headquarters in Shanghai in 2017, offering stronger momentum for its sustainable development in China.