Case Study | DRÄXLMAIER Group

Globally Integrated SAP S/4HANA Process and System Landscape within the DRÄXLMAIER Group

Digital transformation poses major challenges for many companies in the automotive industry. The reasons for this are continuous growth, an increasing number of product variants and new customer segments. Along with increasing complexity, there is the introduction of SAP S/4HANA Enterprise Management as a future-proof ERP suite.

Therefore, the ultimate goal is a modern process and system architecture that ensures continuous business operations in SAP S/4HANA with all business partners: interoperability and data sovereignty in all B2B processes.

Powerful integration technology and remote management service

For the optimal data infrastructure and integration of SAP S/4HANA, DRÄXLMAIER chose SEEBURGER BIS as their integration platform.

When migrating to SAP S/4HANA, relevant processes, roles, authorizations, SAP implementations, and master and transaction data are standardized according to a global process model and rolled out worldwide. Process integration via BIS is crucial in the following areas:

  • Sales, logistics, purchasing and finance: Handling of all operational B2B processes worldwide with SAP S/4HANA
  • Production: OEM process call-offs with sequence accuracy from the JIT/JIS applications in the plants

With SEEBURGER as a partner, DRÄXLMAIER has both the migration project and the operation of the BIS platform firmly under control thanks to the SEEBURGER 24/7 Remote Management Service.



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SEEBURGER BIS platform with connection of customers and suppliers via API and EDI secured via the SEEBURGER Remote Management Service

System landscape with SEEBURGER BIS and SAP S/4HANA

One central BIS and eight local JIT BIS systems ensure the seamless connection of the new SAP system with automotive business partners through integration of:

  • SAP S/4HANA ERP via classic IDoc and web-service-based API interfaces implemented centrally in Vilsbiburg and in the process of implementation at all DRÄXLMAIER subsidiaries worldwide
  • Replacement of SAP R/3 ERP for indirect material and BS200 system for direct material, including associated business processes
  • International automotive customers and suppliers via
    • EDI for B2B standard processes and JIS calls, including integration in JIT applications and MES systems
    • API for B2B processes as API consumers with innovative OEMs (for example, TESLA in Fremont)

All business-critical processes are secured via the SEEBURGER 24/7 Remote Management Service, including monitoring, alerting and troubleshooting. Active/active and Secure Proxy ensure maximum availability at all times.

Benefits for DRÄXLMAIER

  • Sophisticated EDI platform with active/active and Secure Proxy for reliable operations
  • Ideal integration of SAP S/4HANA via SEEBURGER connectors and adapters
  • Seamless B2B processes from partner to shop floor integration through API or just-in-sequence connections
  • Support of future-oriented technologies for high investment security
  • Reduces the workload and secures DRÄXLMAIER IT thanks to the SEEBURGER Remote Management Service

With the technologically leading SEEBURGER BIS platform and the high-performance Remote Management Service, DRÄXLMAIER is ideally equipped for the global rollout of SAP S/4HANA. The range of integration options and full data sovereignty provide for stable and sustainable core processes in our value chain.

SEEBURGER has a key role in the topic of business-critical business continuity.

Stephan Krempl, Delivery Manager Integrations, DRÄXLMAIER Group


The DRÄXLMAIER Group supplies premium automobile manufacturers worldwide with complex wiring harness systems, central electrical and electronic components, exclusive interiors, and battery systems for electric mobility. The combination of core competencies in the interior, electrical, electronic and battery 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 DRÄXLMAIER Group is an international automotive supplier with about 65 sites in over 20 countries. Its customers include Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche and Volkswagen, as well as Californian automotive manufacturers.