JCIR, Expansion in Europe

Johnson Controls acquires ITT’s European Controls Group

January 8, 1982 (PD: 201401)

The January 8, 1982 issue of Johnson Controls’ Briefing newsletter highlighted Johnson Controls’ purchase of ITT’s European Controls Group on December 31, 1981.

ITT’s European Controls Group, headquartered in Essen, West Germany, manufactured and installed a variety of pneumatic controls and building automation systems for office buildings, hotels, airports, and other public buildings.

Johnson Controls president Fred Brengel stated that the acquisition would strengthen the company’s plan to further penetrate the European controls market, particularly the existing building market where many opportunities were present for energy-saving systems.

The acquisition added about $60 million of sales volume to Johnson Controls’ European controls business and increased the company’s total European employee base to about 1,800.

The newly acquired ITT operations in Germany used the name JCI Regelungstechnik GmbH (JCIR).


JCIR Console 1980

The central control unit of ITT Controls’ SDC 8003 Building Automation System, circa 1980