Globe takes first place in Beijing . . . in 1979
Johnson Controls is first company to sell battery manufacturing equipment to China
December 19, 1979 (PD: 201412)
The Milwaukee Journal reported on December 19, 1979 that Johnson Controls had become the first U. S. company to sell automotive battery manufacturing equipment to China. The company’s Globe International Unit and Young International, a Winnetka (Illinois) consulting firm, negotiated the sale with China’s First Ministry of Machine Building and Machimpex.
Termed as a significant development in Johnson Controls’ expanding international activity, the contract allowed the company to form joint ventures with Chinese companies. The equipment sold was to be used to modernize an automobile battery factory in Beijing.