One of VOXX Internationals' greatest strengths is bringing the latest in leading consumer electronics into the Original Equipment (OE) marketplace via our subsidiary VOXXHirschmann Corp. Partnering with the world's foremost vehicle manufacturers requires keen market sense, the capability to readily deploy leading technologies, engineering focus, commitment to quality and a willingness to take on long-term projects - all while working hand in hand with our automotive partners.
VOXXHirschmann is no stranger to the OE market. We have been supplying partners with premier automotive products for more than 20 years and continue to add new OE partners each year. Our Domestic Automotive Group is headquartered in Detroit, the heart of vehicle technology development for North America. We also have dedicated OE offices and technical support facilities in our corporate headquarters in New York, International OE headquarters in Germany, the U.K., China, Hong Kong and South America that support OE development.
Some of our automotive partnerships currently include: BMW, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Hyundai, KIA, Mazda, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota and more.
For vehicle manufacturers - whether here or abroad - VOXX Hirschmann is a one-stop shop for entertainment, convenience and security mobile electronics. We enjoy a technology leadership position in this category with new contracts being awarded regularly. The core of our expertise centers on automotive solutions that encompass vehicle security, keyless entry, remote start, rear seat entertainment (RSE), in-vehicle TV, park assist, rear observation and, soon, media hub connectivity lane departure and collision avoidance technologies.
Our success can be defined in two words: Innovation and Integration. Among our automotive industry milestones are the first keyless entry system, remote start system, two-way remote key fob with LCD screen, overhead video system, the first overhead with built-in DVD, the first custom headrest with built-in dual DVD, the first custom headrest with touch screens and the first overhead with built-in SONY PlayStation. As an OE supplier it is important not only to understand technical integration challenges but also to be equipped to manage them in the newest and most advanced vehicle electrical architecture and safety systems on the market.
As a result of our status as a premier supplier of technology products to the aftermarket we can deliver to our automotive partners a far greater assortment of product and integration options than our competition. But technology and integration is only part of the story. To be successful in the OE space requires acute focus on customer requirements, exacting product engineering and marketing partnerships with the world's largest and most technologically driven companies - the vehicle manufacturers.
We know the automotive market better than anyone. Why? We have been a premier supplier of automotive aftermarket products since 1965. We started in the autosound arena and expanded into security, mobile video, communications and connectivity. That retail experience has kept our product development teams fresh and up-to-date on consumer trends in automotive integration. We understand the concept and the need for speed to market. Not only can we build premier products, but we are also close enough to the consumer to help the OE bring them to market.
OE success begins with design and development engineers, technicians and program managers working in concert with our customers to design, develop and validate new products in remote start, vehicle security and rear seat entertainment. These engineered and validated products are then shipped and installed through a unique combination of traditional vehicle factories plus mod centers, certified installers and direct to dealer channels.
Our engineering facilities are primarily located in Detroit, MI; Stuttgart, Germany; Orlando, FL and Long Beach, California. Engineering capabilities include product design and development in Electrical, Mechanical, RF, Software, Production and Validation Engineering. Our teams partner with our customers to work from concept design, through product development, certification via testing and validation into manufacturing and ensure highest levels of support during vehicle service and warranty.
Our global design and engineering centers support our customers with vehicle systems integration and traditional product development capabilities such as:
- Industrial Design
- Electrical and Electronic Circuit Design
- Embedded and Mobile Application Software Development
- Network communications development
- Mechanical Engineering Design and Development
- Mechanical and Electrical Systems Integration
- Design for Manufacturing, Assembly & Service.
In-House validation capabilities include full product characterization testing, full environmental testing; full EMC and RF testing including unique full vehicle 3D RF performance measurement capabilities. Our extensive in-house capabilities are supplemented with global partner test labs to ensure all major testing and validation requirements can be provided to meet project development and timing.
Our global staff of engineers and technical specialists works with engineering teams at the automotive manufacturers to:
- Conceptualize products including OE specific industrial designs
- Establish functional, design, performance and validation requirements
- Develop and deliver exciting new products to the marketplace.
The company holds numerous patents and patents pending in areas including RF reception, vehicle security, mobile video and entertainment, telematics and voice recognition.
Our engineering staff continuously strives to develop products and systems that integrate a diverse range of features and functions by interconnecting our products with existing in-vehicle systems through automotive data bus systems (i.e. LIN, CAN, etc), and wireless networking standards such as WiFi & Bluetooth. Leveraging these communication systems with data from the vehicle enables a combination of high performance, depth of features and benefits of economical high value solutions through reduced integration time and cost.
Application Engineering is performed in europe as well as all design/engineering centers throughout the U.S. where vehicle integration technical experts develop products to customer specifications including: Electronic Circuit and Design layout; Embedded Software design; Packaging and Module Housing Design; Custom interface 'Plug-N-Play' wire harness design; and RFID Immobilizer Systems.
Our engineering staff continuously strives to develop products and systems that integrate a diverse range of features and functions by interconnecting our products with existing in-vehicle systems through automotive data bus systems (i.e. LAN, CAN etc). Though shared communication systems, data from the vehicle and our systems can be combined to yield high performance features with the attendant benefits of economical high value solutions.
Certified Production and Assembly Processes
VOXX International maintains international status in quality management systems for many of our products. The company initiated formal quality management systems in 1998 when it received QS-9000 certification for automotive audio, video and security system products and was upgraded to process based TS16949 in 2006. In support of our OE relationship with the FORD Motor Company, VOXX International secured Q1 status in early 2002. These certifications have allowed us to produce consistent products and systems for Delphi/GM, Nissan, Ford, Mazda, Toyota, Kia and Chrysler.
In addition, the company's wholly owned subsidiary Code Systems Inc., which supplies vehicle security and remote start products, was QS-9000 certified for vehicle security systems in 1995 and now is 16949 certified together with VOXX International. Our newest acquisition in the OE space, Invision, has also achieved 16949 certification.
As part of our community involvement, and in conjunction with our OEM customers, VOXX International has also developed an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, which was certified in 2003. Our major environmental initiatives include recycling of many different materials and control of operations related to water and air quality requirements. We recently completed our first annual surveillance by our registrar with zero findings.
Timely Delivery & Logistics Management
VOXXHirschmann maintains a complete logistics department to ensure on-time delivery. This team works closely with our procurement and QC teams in Asia to coordinate vessels from the Pacific Rim with components and completed assemblies to deliver materials to production facilities in the U.S. On-time delivery is one of our strongest and most compelling capabilities.
In OE, the process may start with design but it must end with quality for the program to be considered a success. Our vertically integrated manufacturing process includes foam production, steel/post notching, steel assembly, vinyl lamination and headrest cover fabrication. Throughout each stage, VOXX Hirschmann maintains international status in quality management systems to supply the very best in product application to the broadest range of OE partners.
A Brighter Future
The role of the OE group continues to grow and has been identified as an area of growth for our future. Despite our success in the market we believe we have just begun to scratch the surface on what can be accomplished here as our partnerships increase.