22. August 2012 – Vilsbiburg/Balti, August 22, 2012. – As proposed by the Dräxlmaier Group, a new field of study, “Engineering and management in automobile construction,” was established at the Alex Russo State University in Balti, Moldova, starting September 1, 2012. By doing this, the company, which produces wiring harness systems there, hopes to support the university in creating new job types and qualification levels, as well as promoting academic education in technical professions in Moldova.
"By creating the whole curriculum, we have ensured the implementation of European standards as well as technical requirements of the automotive industry within the course of study," emphasizes Prof. Dr. Jörg Elsenbach, who is responsible for continuous improvement within the Dräxlmaier Group. Another reason for the participation: "Not only can we educate the employees who are urgently needed in Moldova; we can also meet our internal requirements for long-term business by qualifying young people," he adds.
By setting up the internationally recognized bachelor’s degree, the family owned company from the lower Bavaria region in Germany, which operates two plant sites in Balti, increases the profile of its international production and development network. In close cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Landshut and the Technical University of Aachen, both Germany, Prof. Dr. Elsenbach created the new curriculum according to German standards.
On September 1, 2012, the official start of the winter semester, 30 students began their studies in "Engineering and Management in Automobile Construction," which is marketed as the "Automotive Academy" and which contains a large amount of practical knowledge. "In the four-year bachelor program, the main modules in the curriculum are manufacturing technology, technical mechanics and electrical mobility in passenger cars," explains Dr. Pavel Topala, dean of the faculty of natural science at the Alec Russo University of Balti. The technical focus is supplemented by lectures in quality management, logistics, administration, human resources management as well as production and corporate process management. Since Dräxlmaier places high importance on learning foreign languages, many courses are held in German and English.
"With our high technical and practical applications, oriented toward European standards, we are able to prepare the Moldavian students in the best way for the wok at a global acting company like the Dräxlmaier Group," adds Prof. Dr. Dieter Greipl, vice president for teaching and learning at the University of Applied Sciences Landshut. The best students are also granted a scholarship awarded after the first semester, which pays for all tuition fees. The cooperation has his advantages for both parties: The students are prepared in both theory and practice for the demands of the automotive and supply industry; in return Dräxlmaier is provided with high-quality, well-educated employees.
DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dräxlmaier Group of Germany. The company’s main lines of business include interior components, cockpits, wiring harness and electrical management systems. Customers in North America include BMW, General Motors/Cadillac and Volkswagen.
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.