Desay SV Europe in Weimar specializes in antenna technology for mobile and stationary applications and automotive electronics. These core competencies place the company in a dynamic growth market. To serve the needs of this market professionally, the technology specialist from Weimar sets milestones on a yearly basis.
European headquarters in Weimar
In 2019, the Chinese group Huizhou Desay SV Automotive Co. Ltd. took over the then Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg GmbH, which had already moved to Weimar in 2017. In 2020, the parent company merged all European activities to form Desay SV Automotive Europe GmbH, headquartered in this city of Classicism. In 2021, R&D activities were expanded to include a center for prototype vehicles. At the center, engineers and software specialists develop and test antenna, driver assistance and infotainment solutions for European car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. Another production facility and a new logistics center were opened at a second location in Weimar in 2022. Here, mainly infotainment products such as radios undergo final assembly and testing and are held ready for delivery to car manufacturers.
Localization in Europe
“By establishing and expanding final manufacturing processes in Weimar, we are responding to the desire on the part of many of our customers to localize supplies close to their plants in Europe in order to ensure stable and sustainable supply chains,” says Dr. Michael Weber, Managing Director of Desay SV Automotive Europe GmbH. The growth and expansion strategy is paying off: The company has been awarded 14 projects by well-known vehicle manufacturers in the past year and a half. “We bear full responsibility for the on-time development, production and delivery of customer-specific products throughout the European automotive market,” explains the managing director.
For its current and future tasks, Desay SV Europe first and fore- most needs one thing: Personnel. Since the move from Bad Blankenburg to Weimar, the workforce has already grown by around 100 to more than 180 employees. “We welcome every job application, as we are set to grow to more than 400 employees in the mid-term. We have attractive tasks and challenges, convenient access to the A4 highway and the high quality of life that Weimar offers as a European city of culture,” says Dr. Weber.
Integrated technology campus
Cooperation with universities and strategic partner companies in the region also contributes to the expansion of know-how. As part of the SISYVOS project, Desay SV Europe, together with Wiegand GmbH and the Technical University of Ilmenau, has developed an innovative, ultra-flat and highly efficient vehicle antenna that fits into the tightest of installation spaces. Another milestone is already in the planning stage: the construction of a state-of-the- art 3D antenna measurement chamber. It is scheduled to go into operation in 2025. “We will then have an integrated technology campus for research, development, production and sales,” Dr. Weber is pleased to say. “With innovative antenna technology and sophisticated infotainment and driver assistance solutions, we are shaping the future of mobility from Weimar.”