DRÄXLMAIER expands innovative leadership

16. February 2017 – The number of patent applications rises sharply again in 2016

DRÄXLMAIER is using its knowledge to invest in the future: the organization applied for 191 patents in 2016. That means that the number of patent applications has doubled since 2014 and even tripled since 2012. The DRÄLXMAIER Group demonstrates its innovative strength particularly with new vehicle interior solutions and parts for the electrical systems of the future.

DRÄXLMAIER has filed patent applications for over 1,000 inventions since the eighties – half of them are just five years old or even younger. Last year alone, employees from 13 countries submitted a total of 500 inventions to the Patent Department of DRÄXLMAIER. Of that number, there were 200 new inventors who submitted their proposals. "DRÄXLMAIER is showing remarkable innovative strength, because there is a unique invention behind every patent application", said Peter Berg who heads the Patent Department at DRÄXLMAIER.

Numerous patents in the area of interior systems vehicle electrical systems 

The patent applications comprise the entire range of technologies of the DRÄXLMAIER Group and considerably strengthen their operational excellence: In 2016, the company registered  innovative solutions, particularly for interior lighting, interior modules, electrical system parts and new types of production means.

As the inventor of the customized wiring harness, DRÄXLMAIER even today offers its customers pioneering technologies and products for conventional and alternative drive systems by combining the important in-house competences of  Design, Engineering, Prototype Construction, Production, Testing and Supply Chain Management.

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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