07. December 2018 – Production of batteries for plug-in hybrids
As of mid-2019, the DRÄXLMAIER Group will make battery modules for several BMW models for the Asian market at a new site in Thailand. DRÄXLMAIER currently produces electrical and interior systems products at the site in Rayong, Thailand. The new plant in Chonburi will enable DRÄXLMAIER to considerably expand this service.
Batteries for the BMW 5-series, 7-series and X5
The batteries made by DRÄXLMAIER are installed into the plug-in hybrid models of the BMW 5-series, 7-series and X5 at the BMW plant in Rayong. “It’s a great honor to produce the batteries for the BMW Group plant locally in Thailand. Two DRÄXLMAIER teams from Germany and Thailand are currently working hand in hand to attain a successful production start in the project”, said the DRÄXLMAIER Plant Manager in Thailand, Gerhard Irnesberger.
„We’re very pleased to be able to make further progress with our electro-mobility strategy“, said the President of the BMW Group in Thailand, Christian Wiedmann. “Local battery production will enable us to react more favorably to the growing demands on electrified vehicles in the ASEAN markets. At the same time, we are enhancing our BNW Group plant in Rayong that already acts as an export hub in the region for automobile production. Local battery production is an ideal addition to our plant in Rayong, where we assemble four BMW plug-in hybrid models”, Wiedemann continued.
The DRÄXLMAIER Group supplies premium automobile manufacturers worldwide with complex wiring harness systems, central electrical and electronic components, exclusive interiors, and storage systems for electric mobility. The combination of core competencies in the interior, electrical, electronic and storage 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 storage 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 more than 60 sites in over 20 countries. Founded in Germany in 1958, the company employs about 70,000 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 2018, 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.