Cooperation for the car of tomorrow

20. September 2016 – The DRÄXLMAIER Group will work at its new research and development location in Garching with the TU Munich.

The DRÄXLMAIER Group will open up a research and development office in GALILEO, the new center on the campus of the TU Munich.  Around 75 engineers, physicists, designers and technicians will work on major topics of the future in the automobile industry, such as autonomous driving, big data and connectivity, electro-mobility and industry 4.0 in just under 1,000 square meters of office and lab space as of the second half of 2017.  In the process, the premium automobile supplier will consciously be in close alliance with the TU Munich, with its faculties and professorships. During a visit to the headquarters of the DRÄXLMAIER Group in Vilsbiburg, the president of TUM Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann exchanged ideas on mutual projects with the Director of Development at DRÄXLMAIER Dr. Martin Gall.

"The automobile industry is currently facing what may be the most radical technology changes in its history. Manufacturers and suppliers are working together on innovative solutions for the future of mobility. Last year alone, the DRÄXLMAIER Group applied for 150 patents", said Gall. "We are convinced that as a top employer in collaboration with a worldwide leading top university like the TU Munich, we will develop even more ideas for the car of tomorrow."

Both sides will profit by the cooperation. "Research at the TU Munich is at the cutting edge, if only because the appointment policy at the TUM admits only top talents", said the TUM President Hermann. "In the collaboration between an excellent university and a first-rate innovative organization like the DRÄXLMAIER Group, research and practice ideally complement each other."

As a "partner of excellence" to the TUM, the DRÄXLMAIER Group is collaborating with various professorships in order to research the future topics of the automobile industry and develop solutions for them.

At its new office, DRÄXLMAIER will consciously count on the campus character and will support the creative work of the employees. "It is important to us to give the employees the freedom to develop ideas and to work independently", explained Gall. "The GALILEO site will help us to gain and promote new talents."

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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