29. April 2014 – The Dräxlmaier Group shows with this initiative that electrical mobility is conquering not only big cities, but also more and more rural areas. The group has acquired four BMW i3 vehicles for its car pool at the Vilsbiburg, Germany site. Employees can now travel completely emission-free on their business trips.
The ceremonial transfer of the vehicles took place at the BMW World in Munich. The topics of sustainability and climate protection were crucial in the procurement of the first electrical vehicles by the Dräxlmaier Group.
"We want to promote the mobility of our employees and at the same time reduce the CO2 output of our fleet," said Thomas Steckermeier, manager of sales (BMW) at the Dräxlmaier Group. "Since we supply the door panels made from renewable raw materials, the wiring harness system and the high-voltage controls for the BMW i3, it was the clear choice for us."
Together with Karl Wallner, executive director for production and logistics; Friedrich Neumeier, manager of sales (components); and Robert Huber, car pool management, Steckermeier took delivery of the vehicles. The Dräxlmaier-developed natural fiber interior trim in the BMW i3 is a prime example of innovative lightweight construction and sustainability. The company received the BMW Supplier Innovation Award 2013 in the “New Technology Experience” category for this.
The new i3 electrical vehicles passed their first range test on the trip from Munich to Vilsbiburg with flying colors. There are already two e-charging stations set up on the company properties of the Dräxlmaier Group in Vilsbiburg and Geisenhausen. Employees of the Dräxlmaier Group can use the vehicles for business travel starting immediately. Thanks to these new electrical company cars, the group is now the pioneer in sustainability in the entire region.
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.