If you like Recaro seats in automobiles, I’ve got some good news for you: Autoblog is reporting that the automotive and specialty seating division of Recaro, specifically Keiper Recaro Group, has been sold to uber-conglomerate Johnson Controls. Even if you’ve never heard of Johnson Controls, chances are good you’ve done business with them in one way or another. The company makes everything from automotive seating through automotive batteries and interior headliners. The company also provides facility management to such big-league players as IBM and U.S. government facilities at Cape Canaveral.
So why, you ask, is this a good thing? Johnson Controls is currently the largest manufacturer of automobile seating in the world, operating manufacturing plants on five continents. It stands to reason that they will make the Recaro brand more accessible to manufacturers, who previously reserved Recaro seating for high end sports cars only. It may even result in less expensive Recaro aftermarket seating, since Johnson Controls has the ability to manufacture product on a much larger (hence, more affordable) scale. The sale is not expected to negatively impact Keiper Recaro’s 4,750 employees, and the sale does not affect Recaro’s aircraft, home or child safety seat division, which is separate from Keiper Recaro.