American company Adient, former Johnson Controls, originally invested in Macedonia’s Skopje 1 free zone to produce printed circuit boards for various automakers. An additional $20 million was invested in 2011 in a new cut & trim plant for car seats in the Stip free zone. The company is a global leader in automotive seating, instrument panels, cockpits, door panels, floor consoles, and overhead systems.
In October of 2016, Johnson Controls completed the spin-off of its automotive seating and interiors business to Adient. This decision by the U.S. conglomerate to separate its business to produce car interiors globally resulted in two independent companies, Johnson Controls International and Adient.
In June 2017 Adient reinvested in another plant in the Strumica free zone, producing car seat covers. The investments in the Stip and Strumica free zones combined amount to €40 million euros, and 3,600 employees.
Adient is based in Ireland, with corporate offices in the U.S., Germany, and China. The company employs 75,000 workers in 230 factories throughout 32 countries around the world, manufacturing and distributing car seats for all types of vehicles.