Founded in 1885, Johnson Controls is a publicly traded company that is a provider of automotive, building efficiency and power solutions. With more than 1,300 locations worldwide, it manages a staff of over 140,000 employees. The company provides batteries for automobiles, solar systems and hybrid electric vehicles. It offers interior systems for passenger cars and light trucks. Johnson Controls is one of the world s largest manufacturers of lead acid automotive batteries. The company provides heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and fire safety and security products. The company also offers management systems under the Metasys brand. It has research, concept development, brand identity analysis, human machine interface design and target setting capabilities. Johnson Controls maintains research and development centers in Europe, North America and Asia.