The Draxlmaier Group will open up a research and development office in Galileo, the new centre on the campus of the TU Munich. Around 75 engineers, physicists, designers and technicians will work on major topics of the future in the automobile industry, such as autonomous driving, big data and connectivity, electro-mobility and industry 4.0 in just under 1,000 square metres of office and lab space as of the second half of 2017. In the process, the premium automobile supplier will consciously be in close alliance with the TU Munich, with its faculties and professorships. During a visit to the headquarters of the Draxlmaier Group in Vilsbiburg, the president of TUM professor Wolfgang A. Herrmann exchanged ideas on mutual projects with the director of development at Draxlmaier Dr. Martin Gall.

“The automobile industry is currently facing what may be the most radical technology changes in its history. Manufacturers and suppliers are working together on innovative solutions for the future of mobility. Last year alone, the Draxlmaier Group applied for 150 patents,” said Gall. “We are convinced that as a top employer in collaboration with a worldwide leading top university like the TU Munich, we will develop even more ideas for the car of tomorrow.”

Both sides will profit by the cooperation. “Research at the TU Munich is at the cutting edge, if only because the appointment policy at the TUM admits only top talents,” said the TUM president Hermann. “In the collaboration between an excellent university and a first-rate innovative organisation like the Draxlmaier Group, research and practice ideally complement each other.”

As a “partner of excellence” to the TUM, the Draxlmaier Group is collaborating with various professorships in order to research the future topics of the automobile industry and develop solutions for them.

At its new office, Draxlmaier says it will “consciously count on the campus character” and will support the creative work of the employees. “It is important to us to give the employees the freedom to develop ideas and to work independently,” explained Gall. “The Galileo site will help us to gain and promote new talents.”