Johnson Controls Enters the Matrix

Auto interior supplier partners with MatrixOne

January 7, 2001 - Tier-one automotive interior supplier Johnson Controls and collaborative commerce solution provider MatrixOne have announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop a Web-based solution for automotive suppliers to bring design collaboration, communication and management to the supply chain.

Chelmsford, Mass.-based MatrixOne will incorporate the functionality of Johnson Controls' current proprietary advance quality planning system into a secure solution that addresses the significant supply chain challenges facing automotive suppliers. Planned functionality for the new solution includes program management, unified quality planning and performance management of an entire supplier base.

MatrixOne will be integrating a diversity tracking solution from Applied Information Services to provide comprehensive management of minority sourcing.

"Collaboration is vital to getting the most out of our supplier relationships, and this tool will greatly enhance that capability," said Mike Suman, group vice president for e-business and marketing at Johnson Controls, based in Plymouth, Mich.