Chinese-American Venture To Create Huge Car Interiors Firm

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Johnson Controls will spin off its automotive interiors business to create a joint-venture with Chinese company Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems to create the world's biggest car interiors company.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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MONTAGNE: An industrial conglomerate, Johnson Controls, based in Milwaukee, announced yesterday that it will spin off its automotive interiors business in order to create a joint venture with a Chinese company. That partnership with Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems will create the world's biggest car interiors company in the world - making items like instrument panels, door panels and floor consoles for various carmakers.

The new joint venture will be based in Shanghai but it will maintain operations in the U.S. as well.

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