28. April 2015 – Joachim Gauck visits company's electrical component facility in Siliana.
Siliana / Vilsbiburg, April 28, 2015. – As part of an official visit to the Republic of Tunisia on Tuesday, German Federal President Joachim Gauck inspected the DRÄXLMAIER facility in Siliana. Commenting on the visit, Barbara Bergmeier, DRÄXLMAIER Group's Head of Production and Logistics said, "The visit represents a great honor for us and further underlines the role we play in helping Tunisia move its economy forward".
The German automotive supplier built its first production facility on foreign soil in Sousse in 1974 and has remained a strong partner in Tunisia for over forty years. DRÄXLMAIER Regional Manager for Africa Dr. Adel Ben-Khaled speaking at the Siliana facility added, "DRÄXLMAIER employs around 8.000 staff here and is the second largest employer in the Tunisian economy's private sector."
Fascinating insight into the production of wiring systems
During the course of a factory visit, the delegation was given an insight into the production of modern wiring systems that provide vehicles with their energy and data requirements. Federal President Gauck and his guests were able to witness at first hand the production of customer-specific wiring harnesses. The Siliana facility was founded in 2008 as part of the "Zone Industrielle Route de Gaafour". DRÄXLMAIER manufactures wiring harnesses at the site for a premium segment vehicle manufacturer.
"Tunisian Education Package"
Within the framework of the "Tunisian Education Package", DRÄXLMAIER promotes the German approach to the training of specialist personnel. In 2012, along with the Education Workshop of Bavarian Commerce & Industry, the Tunisian Ministry of Education and the "Agence Tunisienne de la Formation Professionnelle" (the governing body regulating all Tunisian vocational colleges), the German automotive supplier played a highly pro-active role in introducing the dual training system. With considerable success: The first mechatronics engineers started their training course at DRÄXLMAIER's Tunisian facility in October 2013. A year later, a new group of students began their apprenticeship in "process engineering in plastic and rubber technology". DRÄXLMAIER Tunisia has 30 students currently completing their training.
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 75,000 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 2019, the DRÄXLMAIER Group generated sales of 4.9 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.