11 October 2018: Johnson Controls and Amara Raja Batteries have signed an agreement aiming to bring new battery technologies to India, the two firms announced on October 3.
While the two firms have already worked together for 20 years, the new pact will share product design and manufacturing technologies for SLI, EFB and AGM batteries, a statement said.
No further details of the technologies were given, but under the deal, Amara Raja has licensed Johnson Controls’ PowerFrame grid technology, which JCI claims is critical for meeting requirements dictated by the ‘Bharat VI norms’, which will go into effect in 2020.
These are emission control standards on fuel introduced in 2000 in India, based on European standards which limit the amount of sulfur in petrol and diesel to 10 parts per million.
Manufacturing the PowerFrame grid, which JCI says is 66% more corrosion resistant than other battery grids, uses 20% less energy and releases 20% fewer greenhouse gases than other manufacturing methods, and is thus more environment friendly.
Marc Andraca, vice president of strategy and business development with JCI, is also the Johnson Controls lead upon the Amara Raja board of directors.
Andraca told BESB: “This new agreement launches the next phase of a very successful 20-year collaboration. It provides both of our organizations with a powerful platform to introduce leading advanced lead-acid battery technologies and accelerate Amara Raja’s drive to achieve undisputed leadership across the dynamic Indian automotive battery market.”
Jayadev Galla, vice chairman and managing director at Amara Raja, said: “We have laid out a clear road map for long-term strategic growth and will continue to make investments in technology capabilities, capacity building, brands and distribution.”
While Amara Raja Batteries is the flagship company of the Amara Raja Group, it also makes a large range of lead batteries used in the UPS, telecoms, railways, defence and motive sectors.
The Galla family and Johnson Controls each owns 26% of the company’s equity.