JCI Receives A PACE Award

April 2, 2004
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HOLLAND — Johnson Controls Inc. has earned a prestigious industry award for an interior rail system that came out of the company’s Holland research and design center.

JCI’s Railport Vehicle Personalization System was one of 11 product innovations honored with a 2004 PACE Award, sponsored by Ernst & Young and Automotive News.

Originating as a concept designed by JCI’s Holland-based New Products Strategy Group, the aluminum rail overhead system enables automakers to easily install electronic components and modular devices in a plug-and-play style, such as entertainment, video and game systems, tools and personal electronics.

The rail provides power to components such as consoles, storage bins and electric outlets and allows for their easy adjustment forward and backward, enabling a user to customize their vehicle’s interior.

To automakers, the system provides the ability to refresh a vehicle’s interior without waiting for a model changeover and reduces design, engineering and tooling costs.

Because of the system’s universal design and interchangeable modules, automotive OEMs will be able to offer many different consumer products and electronics within a relatively short period of time,” PACE Award judges wrote about Railport.

Produced in Holland, the system is standard equipment on high-end models of the 2004 Ford F-150 pick-up truck and will go in mini-van models later this year.

We are thrilled that our company and the Railport system have been honored with a PACE Award,” said John Gorton, group vice president and generalmanager of engineering for JCI’s Automotive Group.

“It also proves that our commitment to developing innovative interiors that surprise and delight customers and adapt to consumer lifestyles is effective and making an impact.”

Railport represents the sixth time in nine years that JCI has received a PACE Award, short for Premier Auto Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence.               

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