German parliamentarian, consul general visits Duncan site

01. October 2012 – Duncan, October 1, 2012. – Honored guests impressed with high level of technology and human craftsmanship involved in interior production.

The Dräxlmaier operations in South Carolina continue to draw interest from domestic and foreign politicians alike. On Oct. 1, Harald Leibrecht, a member of the German Parliament, became the latest politician to visit the Duncan, S.C., plant to see for himself how the positive business climate in the region affects the success of international companies.

Leibrecht, who also serves as the coordinator for transatlantic cooperation in the German Foreign Office, was accompanied by his wife, Ulrike, the newly appointed consul General for the German consulate in Atlanta, Christoph Sander, and his wife, Becky, and William Lasser, a professor at Clemson University who coordinated the politician’s visit to the Greenville-Spartanburg area.

After a brief presentation, which outlined the history, competencies and products of the Dräxlmaier Group, the honored guests went on a plant tour. While learning about the different steps required in building premium interiors for cars like the BMW X3 and the Cadillac XTS, Leibrecht and his entourage also saw for themselves the technology and human skill that goes into the Dräxlmaier products.

“Mr. Leibrecht was very impressed with the high-level of technology and craftsmanship that goes into our interiors,” said Duncan plant manager Klaus-Dieter Nagel who led the visitors through the plant. “He also was very happy with that family-owned DNA that is ingrained in our company because this helps to foster loyalty and retain our workforce.”

The Dräxlmaier facility marked the first stop on Leibrecht’s two-day tour through the South Carolina Upstate, which he called “an impressive example of our strong German-American partnership.” He also described the region in general and the Greenville-Spartanburg area as a leading example of close transatlantic business relations between Germany and the USA.

“There are lots of opportunities to work together,” said Leibrecht, a member of the business-friendly, free-trade endorsing German Free Democratic Party.

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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