Highest customer requirements
The company has placed a clear focus on the lightweight segment and on small to medium volumes. The vehicle body professionals have therefore been able to establish an excellent reputation, particularly in the premium segment. "Our customer base includes in particular companies that are at home in the out-and-out premium sector," Nüßle continues, referring to customers such as Porsche, Mercedes-AMG, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren and Aston Martin.
Customer requirements are therefore correspondingly high. "Our customers have particularly high demands on product and quality. Of course, this is also reflected in the specifications – especially in terms of dimensional accuracy and strength," explains Nüßle. Thanks to the unique business model, thyssenkrupp Automotive Body Solutions' series production benefits from extensive synergy effects: As an integrated car body manufacturer, the company combines both series production and project business, including plant engineering and toolmaking, under one roof. "With this bundled expertise, we can ideally map essential perimeters of the complete value chain," says Felix Bader, Chief Human Resources Officer at Automotive Body Solutions, enthusiastically. Lisa Denoyelle, Chief Financial Officer at Automotive Body Solutions, adds: "This not only makes us fast and flexible, but also forms the basis of a unique range of competencies. Our extensive experience in the businesses complement one another, and process efficiencies are created. Our customers in particular benefit from this in the form of savings in time and effort."
Extensive synergy effects through an integrated body shop
Take the Porsche Taycan, for example. At the Mühlacker site, not far from the Taycan production site in Zuffenhausen, thyssenkrupp Automotive Body Solutions is manufacturing the complete underbody of the electric sports car. The company has assumed complete responsibility here, from plant engineering and toolmaking through to supplier management and series production.
Mühlacker is one of three locations in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, for series production at Automotive Body Solutions. In Heilbronn and Weinsberg, the vehicle body professionals are producing at two other locations in the immediate vicinity of automobile manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Together, the three plants cover all body process technologies and specialize in particular in different product groups for the benefit of customers. While Mühlacker is the location with the highest level of automation expertise and the focus is on the production of structural components, Weinsberg focuses on complete vehicle body construction and the production of outer skin panels.