19. January 2011 – Duncan, January 19, 2011. – DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC, an affiliate of the Dräxlmaier Group, will invest $10 million to add a 6,000 square meter (64,500 square foot) production building to its existing facility at 1751 East Main Street in Duncan, S.C.
"Demand for our products from both domestic and interna-tional automakers is on the rise," said Stefan Bude, chief financial officer for Dräxlmaier Group, North America region. "The expansion will help us meet the needs of our customers and position us for future growth."
A Tier I supplier to the international automotive industry, Dräxlmaier manufactures premium interiors and plastic com-ponents at its Duncan site, which is also home to the com-pany’s U.S. headquarters. Built in 1998, the facility has been expanded twice since then, the last time in 2005 when a new R&D wing was added to the existing building.
The new production hall will expand the plant’s capacity by more than a third and house state-of-the-art equipment for the assembly of vehicle interiors and components, including instrument panels, center consoles and door panels. Con-struction is expected to begin in March.
Last year, Dräxlmaier created more than 200 new jobs at its Duncan facility as the international automotive industry re-covered from a global recession.
“South Carolina offers us an excellent business environment, a talented work force and exceptional market access,” Bude said. “We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials.”
DAA 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.