Johnson Controls Inc. will start full production of cockpits for right-hand drive Mercedes-Benz C-class models in South Africa this month.
Johnson Controls opened a new South African cockpit facility in East London, 1.5km from the DaimlerChrysler plant, in June.
Since June the company has been undertaking production tests.
The cockpit consists of one upper and two lower instrument panel parts, integrating the glovebox.
Air conditioning, airbags, steering column, cross member, wiring harness, sound damping and other smaller parts are also included in the cockpit. The East London plant will also supply headliner modules to the C-class.
The plant will operate in two shifts, and reach full production in mid-2001. Johnson Controls supplies headliners and instrument panels as well as seat components for C-class production in Germany, but the cockpits for these vehicles are assembled in-house by DaimlerChrysler.
Johnson Controls is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.