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Former JCI business relaunched as Clarios

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 14:46 -- John Shepherd
Former JCI business relaunched as Clarios

The US-based batteries business formerly known as Johnson Controls Power Solutions has been relaunched as Clarios— with a pledge to further invest in its lead-acid and lithium products.

Power Solutions was acquired by US and Canadian investment firms Brookfield Business Partners and CDPQ last year.

Now Clarios president Joe Walicki (pictured) said the automotive batteries developer and producer is well placed to “capitalise on market trends, including a move toward more electrified and autonomous vehicles, which are elevating the critical role of the battery and accelerating the need for more advanced batteries”.

Walicki, who spent 31 years at JCI and led the Power Solutions business prior to the sale, said Clarios will retain its inherited global manufacturing and operations facilities, including its corporate headquarters, in Glendale, Wisconsin. The company employs about 500 in the area.

Walicki told local media: “We have a lot of very talented lead-acid experts, and they’re not easy to come by, that love living here in Milwaukee, so we’re not going to move those folks.”

Clarios will operate as a global energy storage business generating US$8 billion in revenues with more than 16,000 employees, 56 facilities worldwide and 130 years of expertise. 

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