20. October 2017 – DRÄXLMAIER celebrates grand opening of its first manufacturing plant in California.
The DRÄXLMAIER Group celebrated the grand opening of its new California manufacturing site in Livermore today with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony. The festivities, which took place inside the state-of-the-art facility located at 801 Challenger Street, were attended by numerous political, business and community representatives, including City of Livermore Mayor John Marchand and California State Assemblywoman Catherine Baker.
"California is an exceptionally attractive economic center," said Barbara Bergmeier, board member and Head of Operations for the DRÄXLMAIER Group, in her address to the invited guests, which were joined by the more than 230 employees currently working at the plant site. "You can feel the unbelievably inspiring, innovative atmosphere. That makes us particularly proud of establishing our first-ever production site in Livermore on the U.S. West Coast."
The German automotive supplier has invested more than $24 million so far into the 290,000 sq. foot facility inside The Oaks Logistics Center at the outskirts of Livermore. Today, the built-to-suit production hall houses the most technologically-advanced equipment for the manufacture and sequencing of interior components, such as door panels and trim parts for premium automobiles. It also features a logistics center to coordinate the sequencing of finished products right to the production lines at the customers. Production competences at the facility include injection molding, lamination, sub-assembly and final assembly.
"The plant in Livermore is one of our most modern, most efficient production sites," Bergmeier said. "In this Smart Factory, we consistently implement all the possibilities of automation. We offer our employees an attractive working environment with the highest standards. Apart from that, we are continually investing in the education and training of our employees."
The supplier has been setting up the site from scratch in February to be production-ready this fall; it has already created more than 230 new jobs in the process. With production to ramp up in the next months, it is expected that this number will continue to grow and surpass the initially target of 300 employees the DRÄXLMAIER Group planned to hire by the end of 2018.
"Eight months from start to finish – that's truly incredible," said Marchand. "This is a perfect partnership and it's natural that DRÄXLMAIER chose to come to Livermore because we are an innovation hub with an entrepreneurial ecosystem that has fostered and grown here." To welcome the DRÄXLMAIER Group to the greater Livermore community, the mayor presented a proclamation to the company's management. "The city council of City of Livermore wishes you a long and successful future in Livermore," Marchand said.
The DRÄXLMAIER Group is still accepting applications for all positions, including equipment and facility maintenance technicians, quality planning engineers and packaging coordinators. Those interested in joining the DRÄXLMAIER team should visit the company's Career page at www.draexlmaier.us to view job profiles and to submit applications. Job seekers looking to apply for a position in assembly are encouraged to contact Balance Staffing.
"You are in a wonderful valley and a wonderful city," said Baker (R-16th Assembly District) as she presented Bergmeier and Plant Manager Andrew Bailey with a resolution from the Californian State Assembly. "You are a pioneering company and one that takes great pride in what you do and the people that you work with – and that fits in so well with this valley. I look forward for you to grow and succeed and expand in this area."
The DRÄXLMAIER Group has been present in California since 2014, operating a sequencing center in Fremont at the time. After acquiring new orders from its Californian customers, the company decided to set up a manufacturing site in the Bay Area to cut down on transportation costs. After a thorough review process of prospective locations, the company selected its present location in Livermore. Today, the site also houses the logistics operations formally located in Fremont.
Bergmeier thanked the state of California, particularly the state agencies CalBIS and Go-Biz, and the City of Livermore's Office of Innovation and Economic Development for their support and cooperation. "We are proud to take part in strengthening the economic center in California by investing in the new site in Livermore," Bergmeier said. "With this step, we can once again prove our lasting, sustainable commitment in the USA."
Added Bailey: "Livermore has been a wonderful place for us. We had a big support system to get us going and we look forward to continuing to grow here in the future."
A Tier I supplier to the international automotive industry, the DRÄXLMAIER Group has been manufacturing complex electrical systems and elegant interiors for premium automakers in the Americas for more than 40 years. The company has nine production sites in the region, including its U.S. headquarters in Duncan, S.C., where it has been manufacturing interior systems since 1996. In addition to the manufacturing sites in California and South Carolina, the DRÄXLMAIER Group also maintains a logistics hub in Chattanooga, Tenn., and an engineering office in Mountain View, Calif.
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.