Johnson Controls to Acquire Synchrony from Siemens

Acquisition will improve performance, efficiency of centrifugal chiller products

MILWAUKEE – (November 4, 2019) – Johnson Controls announced today that it will acquire Synchrony, a global leader in the development of Active Magnetic Bearing (AMB) technology. Based in Roanoke, Virginia, Synchrony is part of Siemens Gas and Power.

The acquisition, which closed Nov. 1, will enable Johnson Controls to improve the performance of its centrifugal chiller products, which rely on magnetic bearings to boost energy efficiency, improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs, among other benefits.

“This acquisition will allow us to access untapped benefits in performance and efficiency that will competitively position our chiller products for years to come,” said Ian Casper, vice president, product engineering, global chiller products, Johnson Controls.

Casper added that magnetic bearing chillers are the fastest-growing chiller product family for Johnson Controls and that the HVACR industry is rapidly adopting AMB technology.

“Owning this technology will enable deeper integration of chiller system development, which will further enhance customer value,” he said.

“Synchrony, Inc.’s advanced magnetic bearing technology has enabled Siemens’ oil and gas business to deliver world-class products and solutions to our customers,” said Rainer Theisen, head of Global Solutions at Siemens Oil & Gas. “Johnson Controls’ acquisition will enable Synchrony’s technology to access new markets, while still playing a role in our manufacturing supply chain for our global energy business. We thank all Synchrony employees for their dedication and look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the team as a part of Johnson Controls in the future.”

As part of the acquisition, Johnson Controls will obtain all of Synchrony’s products and intellectual property. In addition to magnetic bearings, those products include motors and drives, generators and advanced AMB monitoring software.

In 2016, Johnson Controls and Synchrony partnered to develop the YORK® YZ magnetic bearing centrifugal chiller. Launched in early 2018, the YZ is the first chiller fully optimized for ultimate performance, with a next generation low-global warming potential refrigerant, R-1233zd(E). Since its launch, the YZ chiller has won several industry awards, including the 2019 AHR Innovation Award in the cooling category.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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About Johnson Controls
At Johnson Controls, we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. From optimizing building performance to improving safety and enhancing comfort, we drive the outcomes that matter most. We deliver our promise in industries such as healthcare, education, data centers and manufacturing. With a global team of 105,000 experts in more than 150 countries and over 130 years of innovation, we are the power behind our customers’ mission. Our leading portfolio of building technology and solutions includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, York®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, Penn®, Sabroe®, Simplex®, Ansul® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Siemens Gas and Power
Siemens Gas and Power (GP) is a global pacesetter in energy, helping customers to meet the evolving demands of today’s industries and societies. GP comprises broad competencies across the entire energy value chain and offers a uniquely comprehensive portfolio for utilities, independent power producers, transmission system operators, the oil and gas industry and other energy intensive industries. Products, solutions, systems and services address the extraction, processing and the transport of oil and gas as well as power and heat generation in central and distributed thermal power plants, power transmission and grid stability, as well as energy transition technologies including storage. With global headquarters in Houston in the U.S. and more than 64,000 employees in over 80 countries, Siemens Gas and Power has a presence across the globe and is a leading innovator for the energy systems of today and tomorrow, as it has been for more than 150 years.

Ryan Nolan
Public Relations Program Manager
Johnson Controls, Building Technologies & Solutions
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