A Feast of Sports and Cultures

18. July 2016 – More than 1000 visitors see the victory of Satu Mare at the DRÄXLMAIER Football World Cup.

By 7.10 pm on Saturday evening, it was official: The winner of the DRÄXLMAIER Football World Cup is Satu Mare. The defending champion from Romania won the final match against the team from Tunisia with a score of 2:0. This final whistle signaled the end of an intensive day of high-quality sports. 16 teams from DRÄXLMAIER sites all over the world competed in the group phase, the quarter and semi-finals in ideal weather with a performance that thrilled a crowd of over 1000 spectators. In the end, the team from Satu Mare was able to raise high the much sought-after challenge cup that was awarded to the winning team for the first time.

"I'm so happy to be able to be here again", said Ioan Kirner, the captain of the  Satu Mare team after the final whistle. Fans of the defending champion were absolutely over the moon. They had cheered their team loudly throughout the day. "We love our fans", said the captain. The team from Satu Mare has won the DRÄXLMAIER World Cup for the fifth time. After three victories in the group phase, the host Vilsbiburg dropped out in the quarter finals after a very close penalty shoot-out against the later finalists from Tunisia. Third place went to the team from Serbia.

"Congratulations to Satu Mare for winning the title. You worked very hard for this victory in the highly competitive matches. But even the other 15 teams showed excellent performance. We have had a truly high-class tournament today", said Karl Wallner, Director of Site Infrastructure Management of the DRÄXLMAIER Group and initiator of the Football World Cup.

The DRÄXLMAIER Football World Cup is not only a sports competition, it is also a huge celebration of cultures. Participants come to Vilsbiburg with their support staff and fans  from DRÄXLMAIER sites all over the world every other year. This year, the participants included those from China, Germany, England, Malaysia, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Nicaragua, Austria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Hungary and the USA. A highlight was the traditional dragon dance presented by the Chinese  DRÄXLMAIER colleagues. Together with the Böllerschützen, that also appear at every tournament, they are an example of the cultural diversity of the DRÄXLMAIER Group. Young visitors had fun in the games paradise and in the evening, there was live music for the visitors.

"I'm particularly pleased that so many people came from the region to celebrate with DRÄXLMAIER colleagues from all over the world", said Wallner. "We had a wonderful feast of sports and cultures today."

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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