21. February 2012 – Vilsbiburg, February 21, 2012. – The Dräxlmaier Group is one of the six best companies in Germany in its mastery of the supply chain. This is the conclusion of a team benchmarking process, which was organized and presented by the machine tool laboratory of the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, and the Swiss company, tectrans AG. Dräxlmaier particularly impressed the study’s committee with its new global organization and supply chain management.
The goal of the team benchmarking is to develop and understand successful, tried and tested solutions for international production. Therefore, concepts, methods and strategy of successful companies were investigated in order to find out how successful supply chains are characterized and which methods were proven during development or restructuring.
At the final convention on February 9, 2012, at Beiersdorfer AG in Hamburg, the Technical University and tectrans AG presented the benchmarking results as well as the winning companies including the Dräxlmaier Group. The benchmarking project leaders were most impressed by the development of worldwide standards throughout the whole Dräxlmaier Group and the close cooperation of customer and supplier. Furthermore, the Dräxlmaier Group got another positive mention: “Dräxlmaier uses important key performance indicators to control the whole production and logistics network and therefore has maximum transparency,” emphasized tectrans’ managing director, Dr. Axel Justus. This valuation system simplifies comparison of the worldwide interior and electrical plants in Dräxlmaier’s international production networks.
Prof. Dr. Jörg Elsenbach, responsible for continuous improvement within the Dräxlmaier Group, explained the meaning of supply chain in concrete terms: "40,000 employees working hand in hand in 20 countries worldwide. A good example is our new interior plant in Landau/Isar, where our new functional corporate organization, internal processes and innovative products were presented to the consortium."
The jury also appreciated the continuous improvement of the Dräxlmaier supply chain. This includes locations close to the customer, efficient plant logistic systems and a just-in-time material supply. Overall, 60 companies participated at the comparative study. The Dräxlmaier Group had already received awards in 2006 and 2011 for its excellent technology management.
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.