• Dec 31, 2010
The automotive seat and specialty slice of Recaro officially has a new owner. Johnson Controls has snapped up Keiper Recaro Group – formerly owned by Putsch Gmbh & Co. KG – swallowing both the recliner manufacturer Keiper and the well-known automotive seat-maker Recaro in one fell swoop. In so doing, Johnson Controls is hoping to broaden Recaro's OEM applications, serving up both whole seats and components on a larger scale than ever before.

Challenges facing such efforts include increased standardization and globalization in the industry. Meanwhile, the remaining faces of the Recaro brand will stay behind. The company's aircraft seating, child safety and home factions are not included in the sale. A total of 4,750 employees across seven countries are included in the Keiper and Recaro Group sale.

[Source: Automotive World]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      How about job application for Johnson Controls in Raritan Center? Bingo!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Put them standard in Every Corvette and your work will be done on this earth and the next life
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1, hopefully a company as big as Johnson Controls employs at least one or two engineers/designers who can figure out how to make a seat that fits the Corvette!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm curious about this part here:
      The company's aircraft seating, child safety and home factions are not included in the sale.
      Now does this mean they won't be making child seats any more or that JC won't be controlling this aspect of the company? I've seen their child seats and I must say the quality up against the other child seats was way above those of the seats next to them. Plus the price was equal to those if not lower than the competition. Plus its a sustainable market due to people always having children.

      Just hope these guys don't pull a bait and switch on all of us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What car is that? looks like a stick shift with paddles too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It sounds like Johnson Controls did not just want to sit around and wait for things to happen. They put themselves in the drivers seat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I could not help myself Colin. :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing against JCI but this is how discussions usually go before a big conglomerate buys a smaller, more niche company:

      Boss: How can we make money on Recaro (insert any other niche Co.)?

      Peon 1: Let's cut costs my moving production to (insert butt-of-joke country).

      Peon 2: We can de-content X and customers won't even notice.

      Peon 3: Let's squeeze the suppliers.

      Peon 4: We can create some synergies and market to more vehicles. How about a Recaro option for Corollas?

      Boss: All great ideas.

      Customer, a few years later: WTF?!



      • 4 Years Ago
      We want jobs in NJ
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another example of an American company buying up a solid reputable name, plastering that name on crappy seats it makes elsewhere and sending the good name of Recaro right down the crapper. I can see it now, get your Recaro seat option in your Town and Country minivan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tony:

        Do you even KNOW anything about Johnson Controls? I only ask because your comment would seem to indicate that you don't. As a $25+billion company, they do quite a few things, and probably are responsible for parts you have in whatever car you drive. Additionally, if you have anything that was made in a factory, as opposed to being made by hand, Johnson Controls was probably a significant part of the factory automation.

        Recaro makes great seats, but doesn't have the best run company - that makes it a great aquisition target for a company with more talented management.

        So really what you're griping about is that a solid, reputable American company bought a well-known, but management deficient automotive component business.
        • 4 Years Ago
        they already make child seats anyway so STFU
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm with you, Tony. After JC bought Optima batteries, the quality went right down the tubes> I deal with high perf. shops and most of them now use Optima batteries as door stops. So sad. Odyssey is now the way to go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love my Recaro baby seats! I hope having the baby seat division separate does not lower their quality and R&D.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good bye quality, hello profits!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Take the CTS-V for example - The optional Recaro seats are a $3,780 option. I wonder what percentage of that markup is GM and what percentage is Recaro. The same seat skeleton can be found in some stock rally-like cars. Heck, even the Cobalt SS had Recaro seats in it. No clue why GM hasn't put a better seat in the Corvette. The seats in the Corvette, from base to ZR1 are all the same and they are horrible.

      In the end JC has the cash, know-how and manf experience to mass produce Recaro at a higher price point. Lets just hope the quality remains in tact and materials aren't sacrificed for the "bottom line".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Correction - I meant a LOWER price point (good for consumer and/or bottom line - TBD).
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