Into the digital future

20. November 2020 SAP S/4HANA is being rolled out worldwide at DRÄXLMAIER

The digital transformation is one of the greatest challenges facing the automotive industry. It is important to efficiently map, design and master globally networked processes in the digital world.

New process and system world at DRÄXLMAIER
To optimally network data, people, systems and processes with one another, that is the goal of the new process and system world that the DRÄXLMAIER Group is implementing on the basis of SAP S/4HANA as part of the group-wide synapsis program. In addition, the automotive supplier is standardizing its database, which significantly improves cooperation across functional and national borders.

"We are proud to be a pilot location"
DRÄXLMAIER achieved a major milestone in this project in Braunau, where the automotive supplier is represented with one location. Here, SAP S/4HANA went live for the first time at DRÄXLMAIER. After many months of intensive preparation and numerous training measures, the colleagues on site are now working with the new system world. "We are proud to be the pilot site for a global rollout of around 60 locations," says Günter Sauerlachner, site manager in Braunau.

Smooth go-live
"DRÄXLMAIER IT pursues a consistent digitization strategy and with its IT architecture has created the prerequisites for the interaction of all systems", says Maik Krüger, CIO of the DRÄXLMAIER Group. The go-live in Braunau went smoothly. This first milestone provides important information for all other DRÄXLMAIER locations. “With the start of the synapsis rollout in Braunau, we are on a journey with numerous further stages. The experience with Braunau plays an important role for the further course of the project,” emphasizes program manager Konrad Wiethaler. After Braunau, synapsis will be rolled out at numerous other DRÄXLMAIER locations next year.

General information


The DRÄXLMAIER Group supplies premium automobile manufacturers worldwide with complex wiring harness systems, central electrical and electronic components, exclusive interiors, and battery systems for electromobility. The combination of core competencies in the interior, electrical, electronic and battery systems areas makes DRÄXLMAIER unique in the industry. The company thereby covers the entire process chain, from the initial idea, through the development and production process, and up to precisely in-sequence delivery of the products to the assembly lines of premium automobile manufacturers. The inventor of the customer-specific wiring harness, the DRÄXLMAIER Group develops pioneering wiring harness technology as well as electrical and electronic components, all directly in-house. These include multi-voltage and high-voltage wiring harness systems, battery management systems and intelligent power distributors. DRÄXLMAIER is working on the future of emission-free mobility with its solution for low-voltage and high-voltage battery systems. As a market leader for interior systems in premium automobiles, the DRÄXLMAIER Group also supplies premium automobile manufacturers with ambient lighting, center consoles, door panels and instrument panels, as well as complete door and cockpit modules.  

The DRÄXLMAIER Group is an international automotive supplier with about 65 sites in over 20 countries. Founded in Germany in 1958, the company employs about 72,000 employees throughout the world. For the DRÄXLMAIER Group as an owner-managed business, responsible and long-range thinking has always been the basis for economic success. It is therefore a core element of its strategy to design its business and production processes, as well as its products, in a more sustainable manner and in that way to increase the competitiveness of the company on a long-term basis.

In 2021, the DRÄXLMAIER Group generated sales of 4.6 billion euro. Customers of this member of the Top 100 Automotive Suppliers include Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche and Volkswagen, as well as Californian automotive manufacturers.