Adient plc is an American Irish-domiciled company that manufactures automotive seating for customers worldwide and is based in Plymouth, Michigan, United States.[3] As of 2017, Adient was the world's largest auto seat manufacturer, accounting for one-third of the markets global revenue and providing components for 25 million vehicles.[1]

Adient plc
TypePublic limited company
PredecessorAutomotive Experience division of Johnson Controls International[1]
FoundedOctober 31, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-10-31)[1]
Number of locations
250 manufacturing/assembly plants (2017)[1]
Area served
Key people
Douglas Del Grosso CEO[2]
RevenueUS$17 billion (2016)[1]
Number of employees
86,000 (2017)[1]

Adient was founded as a spin-off from Johnson Controls in 2016,[3] establishing its legal domicile in Dublin, Ireland.[1] Johnson Controls had entered the automotive seating business in 1985 by acquiring Hoover Universal.[4] In September 2017, Adient acquired the Oak Park, Michigan-based automotive seat manufacturer Futuris from Clearlake Capital, which added 15 facilities in Asia and North America, including one facility based in Newark, California,[5] and which was anticipated to increase the company's revenue by $0.5 billion annually.[3]

As of 2017, Adient employed 86,000 people across 250 manufacturing/assembly plants,[1] in 34 countries.[3][Nt 1] In 2016, Adient announced plans to move its global operating headquarters to the Marquette Building in Detroit,[6] but canceled those plans as of June 2018.[7]

concept vehicle by Adient

In January 2018, a joint venture was formed by Adient (50.01%) and Boeing (49.99%) to develop and manufacture airliner seats for new installations or retrofit, a $4.5 billion market in 2017 which will grow to $6 billion by 2026, to be based in Kaiserslautern near Frankfurt and distributed by Boeing subsidiary Aviall, with its customer service center in Seattle.[8]

In February 2020 Adient announced it agreed to sell its 30% stake in Yanfeng Global Automotive Interior Systems to Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems US$379 million.[9][10]

In March 2020, Adient entered into an agreement to sell its automotive fabrics manufacturing business to Sage Automotive Interiors for $175 million.[11][12]


  1. ^ It is unclear whether this number includes assets acquired through Futuris.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Wong, Wilson Kia Onn (2017). "The global automotive seats industry". Automotive Global Value Chain: The Rise of Mega Suppliers. Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies. Routledge. p. 87. ISBN 9781315300979. OCLC 1003268557 – via Google Books (preview).
  2. ^ "Adient Names Douglas G. DelGrosso President and Chief Executive Officer" (Press release). Adient. 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Adient Investors Meeting". Adient Components Ltd. November 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ Daniels, Lee A. (1985-03-05). "Johnson Buying Hoover Universal". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  5. ^ Loan Programs Office (January 2016). Driving Economic Growth: Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (PDF) (Report). United States Department of Energy. p. 2. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  6. ^ Wayland, Michael (30 November 2016). "Adient moving to downtown Detroit's Marquette Building". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  7. ^ "Auto supplier Adient cancels move to downtown Detroit. Here's why". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  8. ^ "Boeing, Adient Launch New Company to Design and Build Airplane Seats" (Press release). Adient. 16 January 2018 – via PRNewswire.
  9. ^ "Adient enters into agreement with joint venture partner Yanfeng to restructure existing joint venture relationships and drive shareholder value". Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  10. ^ "Adient to sell stake in Yanfeng Global Automotive - International Leather Maker". Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  11. ^ "Adient enters into settlement to promote its materials enterprise". Car Enthusiast World. 2020-03-09. Retrieved 2020-03-19.
  12. ^ "Adient enters into agreement to sell its fabrics business | Automotive World". Retrieved 2020-03-19.

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