DRÄXLMAIER opens first battery plant

17. May 2019 – Supplier to produce battery system for Porsche Taycan at new site in Sachsenheim, Germany.

 The DRÄXLMAIER Group will start the series production of the powerful 800-volt complete battery system for the purely electrical Porsche Taycan this month. For that purpose, the supplier has set up a sophisticated production facility in Sachsenheim near Stuttgart, Germany.

Innovation out of tradition

"The mobility of the future is one of the greatest challenges of our time," said Dr. Martin Gall, chief technology officer at DRÄXLMAIER Group, Dr. Martin Gall. "The automobile industry is going through an historically technological change, and electromobility is an important megatrend."

DRÄXLMAIER recognized this development at an early stage and has been building battery systems as early as 2009 when its experts made the initial prototypes for battery systems. This was followed by numerous concept orders from premium brands for high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles.

Ten years later, the supplier finally opened up its first battery plant in Sachsenheim, where a 100,000 sq. foot production hall houses highly automated assembly lines to build the battery modules for the Taycan. Once the modules have been set up automatically, further parts are mounted before each battery will undergo a series of comprehensive tests. In addition to the battery production, the site also includes a development office for modern battery systems.

Shaping mobility of future

"We have gone through a very intensive development period," said Sabine Hucke, site manager of the DRÄXLMAIER plant in Sachsenheim. "The whole team at the site is now  looking forward to the start of series production.

Hucke added that setting up a site from scratch strengthened teamwork among the DRÄXLMAIER team in Sachsenheim.

"It has produced a very special sort of team spirit," she said. 

The DRÄXLMAIER Group develops and produces vehicle-specific, individually configurable high-voltage battery systems and individual components for high-voltage storage. The DRÄXLMAIER-made E-module includes all vital components, from charging sockets and HV electrical wiring systems, right up to a broad variety of electronic parts that all provide intelligent measuring, distribution and protection, as well as reliable contacting. Like its other products, all battery system solutions are produced in-house at DRÄXLMAIER – from development right up to production.

"With our battery systems, we are helping the carmakers make the mobility of the future safer, more comfortable and more sustainable," said Gall.

Further information can be found here: www.draexlmaier.com/en/sachsenheim.

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  70,000 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 2018, the DRÄXLMAIER Group generated sales of 4.6 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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