DRÄXLMAIER Braunau named „Plant of 2016“

25. November 2016 – It ranks among the best plants in Austria.

One of the subsidiaries of the premium automobile supplier DRÄXLMAIER, the Elektro- und Kunststofftechnik GmbH (EKB), has been named "Plant of 2016". The journal Industriemagazin and Fraunhofer Austria grant this award every year to those companies that render outstanding services in the area of production.

"Plant of 2016" is Austria's largest competition for producing companies. An expert jury consisting of representatives from science and economics assess the participants' inventory management, logistics and customer and supplier relationships. In the grand finale in St. Valentin, the participants present their organizations and answer the questions of the jury. After the ninety-minute session, the jury announced the eagerly awaited decision: the DRÄXLMAIER subsidiary ranked third. The others on the winner's platform included Kostwein Maschinenbau from Klagenfurt and Rosenbauer International from Leonding. "The grand finale included top class organizations. It was great to be able to compete with other outstanding companies", said Michael Voichtleitner, Head of Industrial Engineering at DRÄXLMAIER.

The success of the DRÄXLMAIER company – both in daily production work and in the competition - was based on a sound data analysis. "Data is the basis for planning, for state analyses, for optimization and for continual improvement", explained Voichtleitner. It is important to recognize potential – and also to use it. "We are currently in a continual improvement process. We are continually working on optimizing the processes and increasing efficiency", continued Voichtleitner. 

The DRÄXLMAIER Group has been operating at the site in Braunau for more than three decades. About 500 employees use the most modern techniques to develop and make innovative electrical, electronic and injection molded parts. "The award as Plant of 2016 is a great honor for us. At the same time, it acts as motivation for us to continue developing", said the Plant Manager Günter Sauerlachner.

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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