DETROIT -- Johnson Controls Inc. has formed a partnership with mattress manufacturer Harrison Spinks Ltd. to develop thin-profile seats that are 5 percent to 20 percent lighter than comparable seats.
The partners will use Harrison's coil spring mattress technology to replace conventional urethane foam pads with pads that can be recycled.
The seatback will be up to 20 percent thinner at the center of the seat, and the bolsters will be up to 35 percent thinner.
UK-based Harrison Spinks has three factories in Leeds and employs 300 workers.
Johnson Controls ranks No. 7 on the Automotive News Europe list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $16.6 billion in 2010. Europe accounted for 49 percent of that total.