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DRÄXLMAIER to Set-Up Manufacturing Plant in California

The DRÄXLMAIER Group will invest a total of $24 million to set up its first-ever manufacturing plant on the West Coast to further its expansion in California’s growing electric vehicle industry.

The DRÄXLMAIER Group will invest a total of $24 million to set up its first-ever manufacturing plant on the West Coast to further its expansion in California’s growing electric vehicle industry. 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. 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 work force and exceptional market access,” said Ulrich Eichler, president and COO for the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the Americas. “We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials.”

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.”

"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."

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.

The DRÄXLMAIER Group is now accepting applications for all positions, including production management, injection molding, tooling, logistics, quality, industrial engineering, maintenance, warehousing, human resources and IT. Those interested in joining the DRÄXLMAIER team should visit the company's Career page online to view job profiles and to submit applications. For more information about the DRÄXLMAIER Group, visit www.draexlmaier.us.

New hires will go through a comprehensive onboarding and training conducted by experienced specialists from the other production sites of the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the region, while seasoned tooling experts, process engineers and production engineers from the supplier's regional production network will be tasked with setting up equipment and production lines. "We are very excited about our Americas team taking the lead in setting up our first production site in California," said Barbara 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."

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 six 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 South Carolina location, the DRÄXLMAIER Group also maintains logistics hubs in Fremont, Calif., and Chattanooga, Tenn., and an engineering office in Mountain View, Calif.

The DRÄXLMAIER Group expects to open full operations in Livermore in the spring of 2017.

Press contacts:

Ralph Schwarz  |  Head of Corporate Communications Americas

DRÄXLMAIER Group  |  1751 East Main Street  |  Duncan, SC 29334

Telephone: +1 864-485-1536  |  Cell: +1 864-494-8927

E-mail: ralph.schwarz@draexlmaier.com

Brooke Taylor  |  Communications Director

Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development

E-mail: Brook.Taloy@GOV.CA.GOV

About the DRÄXLMAIER Group: 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 more than 55,000 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 2015, the DRÄXLMAIER Group generated sales of $4.1 billion. Customers of this member of the Top 100 Automotive Suppliers include Audi, BMW, Bugatti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Tesla and Volkswagen. For more information, visit www.draexlmaier.com.

About The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz): GO-Biz serves as California's single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. For more information, visit: www.business.ca.gov.



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