Johnson Controls To Acquire Electric Car Battery Maker A123 Systems

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Electric car battery maker A123 Systems has filed for bankruptcy protection and its automotive assets are being acquired by Johnson Controls. The deal is for $125 million.

Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson Controls plans to acquire A123’s automotive business assets, including all of its automotive technology, products and customer contracts; its facilities in Livonia and Romulus; its cathode powder manufacturing facilities in China; and A123’s equity interest in Shanghai Advanced Traction Battery Systems Co., A123’s joint venture with Shanghai Automotive.

“We believe the asset purchase agreement with Johnson Controls, coupled with a Chapter 11 filing, is in the best interests of A123 and its stakeholders at this time,” said David Vieau , Chief Executive Officer of A123.

“Our interest in A123 Systems is consistent with our long-term growth strategies and overall commitment to the development of the advanced battery industry,” said Alex Molinaroli , president, Johnson Controls Power Solutions.

A123 Systems, based in Massachusetts, has three locations in Metro Detroit, and received a $249 million grant from the federal government three years ago to help it build a battery factory in Michigan.

On Monday, A123 warned that it would likely miss some debt payments.

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