Johnson Control will use its power systems technologies, including its patented PowerFrame grid technology to produce automotive lead-acid batteries at the 30,000sqm plant, which will have a capacity to produce 6 million batteries annually.

Johnson Controls will break ground on the new plant, which complements the company’s existing plants located in Shanghai and Changxing, in January 2011, with production slated to ramp up beginning in January 2012.

In addition, the company will begin production at its Changxing automotive battery plant in early 2011 with an expected capacity of 8 million batteries annually and start locating its fourth plant later this year, with a capacity of 6 million batteries, in the northern region of China.

Johnson Controls, president Alex Molinarol said that in three years the company will be growing from a single plant to three plants that will produce more than 18 million automotive batteries annually, supporting its plan to have an install capacity for 30 million batteries annually in China by 2015.