For the company known today as Adient—whose name derives from the Latin word meaning “accepting and advancing a situation”—moving toward challenges is nothing new.
The company, which changed its name from Johnson Controls to Adient when it went public in October 2016, today leads the charge to produce safer, lighter, more ergonomic seating for the global auto industry, supplying some 25 million seating systems yearly to 360 vehicle nameplates worldwide. To put it another way, one in every three automobile seats throughout the world is manufactured in an Adient plant.
Adient (NYSE: ADNT) – pronounced “Ad-ee-ent”—today employs 85,000 people in its 238 plants that operate in 34 countries. With annual sales of $16 billion, and a 44 percent market share in China, the company is definitely “on the move” to change the way people experience “the ride.”
Corporately, Adient is committed to responsible sourcing of the materials it uses in manufacturing, and has made a strong commitment to supplier diversity, working with women- and minority-owned businesses as well as veteran-owned businesses. Through its supplier diversity program, Adient has won, and continues to win, prestigious awards, including the Minority Business News’ “Corporate 101: Most Admired Corporations in Supplier Diversity” Award for 2017; the Toyota “Excellence” Supplier Diversity Award for 2017, to name a few. The company is also a Billion Dollar Roundtable Member, which is a group of US companies that each spend more than $1 billion annually with certified minority- and women-owned firms.
With a track record of success and corporate social responsibility, the company continues to conduct groundbreaking research into the transportation industry of the future—from developing seats that help prevent whiplash to designing and developing the first generation of autonomous vehicles. And, as an advanced manufacturer of lightweight components, Adient is at the forefront of a movement to promote sustainable driving experiences around the globe.
With its commitment to develop leading-edge products for the automotive industry, it is perhaps not surprising that when it needed to replace its hosted Avaya solution, Adient turned to Continuant and Microsoft.
In 2018 and 2019, Continuant will be migrating more than 20,000 of Adient’s Avaya users to a Microsoft Skype for Business Online solution. Adient will then move to Microsoft Teams over the course of the next three years.
As a key part of Adient’s migration to Microsoft, Continuant will be providing Hardware as a Service (HaaS) for Adient, which will include gateways, phones and headsets. Continuant will support Adient users in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Servia, Slovakia, Turkey, the UK, the USA, South Africa, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea.
That’s just for starters. When this phase is complete, Continuant will help Adient add AV as a service, helping this forward-looking global company continue looking to the future.