World Cup comes to Vilsbiburg

04. July 2014 – Dräxlmaier Group organizes an international football tournament

Vilsbiburg (Germany), July 4, 2014 – When it comes to football, the clocks in Vilsbiburg run at a different pace than elsewhere: It is not every four years, but rather every two that the World Cup takes place at the automotive supplier Dräxlmaier. On Saturday, July 12, the tradition-rich tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. at the sports field of the TSV Vilsbiburg with 16 teams from four continents. Anyone with an interest in football, intercultural encounters, family-friendly entertainment and lots of fun is cordially invited.

With the respective games attracting most of the attention, the international Dräxlmaier Group tournament is more than just football. “True, the sporting competition is the center of the action, but at the same time our tournament promotes interaction among our employees and knowledge about their different cultures,” said Karl Wallner, executive director of production and logistics for the Dräxlmaier Group and sponsor of the event.

This is evident in the all-day entertainment program surrounding the tournament. In addition to the traditional Bavarian “Böllerschützen” riflemen from Holzhausen, Germany, the Chinese Dragon Dancers will make their first-ever appearance at the event around 3:30 p.m. during the break between the group phase and the elimination round, promising a varied and entertaining cultural festival.

The teams from the Dräxlmaier plants in China, Mexico and the USA will also celebrate a first: They are taking part in the tournament for the first time, increasing the starting field to 16 teams from 12 countries. More than 300 players and a large number of their fans will travel to Vilsbiburg in mid-July. “This shows the great interest in the event, and illustrates the commitment of the employees to the company,” Wallner said.

The football tournament will be organized in the usual way. The preliminary round will be played in four groups, each with four teams. The top-two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals; in the ensuing elimination round, the knock-out system will apply, in which the winner of each game advances to the next stage. A playoff game for third place will precede the championship game, which will take place at 5:30 p.m.

The sixth international Dräxlmaier Group football tournament will kick off at 9 a.m., when the defending champions from Satu Mare, Romania, will play Team Serbia.

Exciting football, good entertainment and enthusiastic spectators: The Dräxlmaier Group international football tournament will be a sports highlight again this year. A wide range of refreshments will also be available. Along with co-workers, family members, friends and acquaintances, everyone interested in football is cordially invited. Admission is free.


9 a.m.:    Opening game
3:30 p.m.:  Chinese Dragon Dance
5:15 p.m.:  Böllerschützen
5:30 p.m.:  Finale
7 pm:   Music / DJ Fiiisch
Beer garden open all day

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.


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