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Germany-based DRÄXLMAIER Group Opens Livermore, California, Manufacturing Hub

11/09/2016
Germany-based DRÄXLMAIER Group will invest $24 million to set up its first manufacturing plant on the U.S. West Coast in Livermore, California. The facility will further its expansion in the Golden State’s growing electric vehicle industry.

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 investment will include upgrades to the plant infrastructure of a 290,000 sq. foot facility inside The Oaks Logistic Center at 802 Challenger Street in Livermore, as well as new equipment for the manufacture and sequencing of interior components, such as door panels and trim parts. According to state officials, with operations set to begin as early as January 2017, the project is expected to create 300 new jobs within less than two years.

“California offers us an excellent business environment, a talented workforce and exceptional market access,” said Ulrich Eichler, President/COO for the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the Americas. “We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials.”

"Our plant in Livermore will play a key-role in supplying our customers in California," said Barbara Bergmeier, board member and head of Operations at the DRÄXLMAIER Group. "We are delighted about the opportunity to grow with our customers as well as to expand our presence in the Americas."

"We are very excited about our Americas team taking the lead in setting up our first production site in California," said Bergmeier, "but we are equally excited about California's well-trained and highly-skilled workforce helping us to create high-quality products for our customers in the region and around the world."

The manufacturing plant will house state-of-the-art equipment for the assembly of vehicle interiors and trim components for premium automobiles, as well as a logistics center to coordinate the sequencing of finished products right to the production lines at the customer. Production competences at the facility will include injection molding, sub-assembly and final assembly.

As an incentive, the state’s GO-Biz helped the DRÄXLMAIER Group’s California expansion with site selection, permits and applying for potential incentives. “We are pleased the DRÄXLMAIER Group is expanding its operations in California with a new manufacturing plant in Livermore,” said GO-Biz Director Panorea Avdis. “The auto-interior manufacturer will help strengthen the state’s economy by providing permanent good jobs that include high tech and engineering professionals as well as support to surrounding businesses. We look forward to continuing working with the DRÄXLMAIER Group as it grows in California.”

The company has six production sites in the region, including its U.S. headquarters in Duncan, South Carolina, where it has been manufacturing interior systems since 1996. In addition to the South Carolina location, the DRÄXLMAIER Group also maintains logistics hubs in Fremont, California, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, and an engineering office in Mountain View, California.

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