17. June 2016 – As a sponsoring company, the DRÄXLMAIER Group supports the regional competition of "Jugend forscht".
Vilsbiburg, 17th June 2016 – Not only is "Jugend forscht" Germany's largest, most well-known competition for up-and-coming talents, it is also a platform for the talented researchers of tomorrow. Nine out of ten of the successful candidates later study a MINT field subject and many of them then work as scientists at universities and research institutes or as company executives.
As an international automobile supplier with its headquarters in Vilsbiburg in Lower Bavaria, the DRÄXLMAIER Group will act biennially as sponsoring company and host of the Bavarian regional competition of "Jugend forscht" as of 2017. "As a family-owned organization, we see ourselves as partners to the region. That is why we are particularly proud of being able to organize a top-class competition like that in Vilsbiburg", said Dr. Tobias Nickel, who is the sponsor of Jugend forscht for the DRÄXLMAIER Group.
This year, over 2,000 young academics took part in Jugend forscht – more than in any other federal state. Pupils throughout Bavaria submitted a total of 979 projects in the fields of the working world, biology, chemistry, geological and spatial science, mathematics, information technology, physics and engineering. Winners of the Bavarian regional competition regularly achieve top places in the national competition of Jugend forscht. "Bavarian pupils achieve impressive results with their innovative research projects. The DRÄXLMAIER Group is proud to be able to support such active young academics as a sponsoring company", said the DRÄXLMAIER Group Executive Board Member for HR Roland Polte at the signing of the sponsorship agreement.
"For an employer geared to the future, it is particularly important to encourage the curiosity and inquiring minds of young people, because at the DRÄXLMAIER Group, we are well aware of the importance of innovative ideas", explained Polte. "Hardly any other industry is developing as fast as the automobile industry – and the DRÄXLMAIER Group is taking part in shaping this development with modern technologies. 50 percent of our patents were applied for in the last five years alone", Polte continued.
"I am delighted that we have gained the DRÄLXMAIER Group as a partner in the Bavarian regional competition", said the regional competition organizer Dr. Monika Christl. "In Jugend forscht, politics, schools, science and economy all work together to stimulate the young people's enthusiasm for research and to promote talents – and all that with great success: Almost a quarter of a million pupils have taken part in Jugend forscht so far. With that, Jugend forscht is making an important contribution to promoting young talents in natural sciences and technology in our country", Christl concluded.
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.