09. May 2014 – In order to promote discussion on ways to achieve sustainable logistics, the Dräxlmaier Group invited their transport service providers on May 7 to the first supplier forum on the subject of sustainability.
Sustainability: For the Dräxlmaier Group, this means finding solutions that reconcile economic goals with ecological and social aspects. With its "Green Logistics" program, the supplier has been pursuing this goal for years. The Dräxlmaier Group, along with its transport service providers, is rising to the challenges of the future.
Best practice from the 'Green Logistics' program
Thomas Keil, leader of the “Green Logistics” program, and Jürgen Wallner, team leader of transport planning and innovations, informed the 40 participants about sustainable actions that Dräxlmaier has put into action in the area of supply chain management. “For example, we use energy-saving forklifts and reusable Repak L containers,” said Keil. Furthermore, the group has already run pilot tests for alternative drives such as natural gas and dual fuel, a combination of natural gas and diesel fuel motors, for their trucks.
Transport companies assume responsibility
The presentations from representatives of freight forwarders Vos, Meyer & Meyer, and Schenker showed that the transport companies are also prepared to assume responsibility for sustainability. They presented their efforts to reduce CO2 emissions: By modernizing their fleets and continuous driver training, for example, they are already able to reduce CO2 emissions.
A look at current practice
An onsite demonstration of the fuel-saving technology used in the new Mercedes-Benz Actros model delivered the message to the forum participants. Constantin Eichstaedt from the dealership Schreiner & Wöllenstein explained the intelligent speed-control software called “Predictive Powertrain Control,” which optimizes acceleration and gear sequence for current road conditions. For example, the truck reduces acceleration before a hill crest, since it foresees the momentum after the crest.
The reaction of the 40 participants to the forum organized by the Dräxlmaier Group was positive in every respect. “The event demonstrated to us that Dräxlmaier places a great deal of importance on the topic of sustainability," said Annette Winterstein, advisor at Schenker. "Meeting each other in person served as an important exchange of experiences, and certainly promoted cooperation in this area.”
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.