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Johnson Controls' Power Solutions Unit Partners With Toshiba

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Johnson Controls International plc (JCI - Free Report) has formed a business partnership with Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corp. Per the deal, Cork, Ireland-based Johnson Controls’ Power Solutions unit will tie up with Toshiba to develop and manufacture lithium-ion batteries at the facility in Holland, MI. Notably, this collaboration is aimed at developing dual-battery a-systems.

Importantly, in mid-November, Johnson Controls announced that it is selling its power solutions business to Brookfield Business Partners L.P. and institutional partners. A definitive agreement was signed between Johnson Controls and Brookfield for the sell-off. The sell-off is valued at a cash transaction of $13.2 billion. Depending on regulatory approvals and closing conditions, the transaction is anticipated to close by Jun 30, 2019. (Read more: Johnson Controls to Sell Power Solutions Unit for $13B)

Information firms project that dual-battery vehicles are likely to become the fastest-growing form of electrification soon and are going to account for one-fifth of new vehicles built globally by 2025. Low-voltage dual-battery technology will be the key to the evolution of vehicle systems. Toshiba’s lithium-ion cell expertise and Johnson Controls’ battery system capabilities will produce highly competitive products.

In the past year, Johnson Controls outperformed the industry it belongs to. The company’s shares have decreased 12.1% over this period, whereas the industry declined 32.2%.



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Currently, Johnson Controls has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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