The Wallbox company specializing in chargers for electric cars It was born just five years ago by two Catalan entrepreneurs, Enric Asuncion and Eduard Castaneda, the first of them an industrial engineer who already in 2010 worked as head of the line of chargers for electric cars in the Applus Idiada center and in 2013 was signed no less than by the American Tesla as responsible for the domestic chargers program.
After passing through Tesla and with a lot of experience acquired, he associates with Eduard Castaneda, who worked at the CSIC in hybridization and batteries, to start developing a new generation of more efficient and intelligent electric chargers intended primarily for domestic consumption, as the data they handled reflects that 80% of electric car charges are made in homes. With a first investment of 300,000 euros Wallbox was born in 2015 in a small ship in Sant Andreu de la Barca, where they assemble the loaders from components manufactured in Germany, Spain and China.
His rapid growth has led him to inaugurate a new production plant in the Barcelona Free Zone, in order to carry out its expansion plans to the US, China and Japan markets. A new plant that has the capacity to manufacture 500,000 electric chargers per year and that will help penetrate new markets and distribute and market its products, in addition to the countries indicated, in the 40 countries where it already operates.
With the inauguration of this new production plant, covering an area of 11,000 square meters distributed in three buildings in the Free Zone, the company makes a clear commitment to Barcelona as smart city, as indicated in a statement.
More than 300 jobs, almost 10 million turnover
The company plans to hire 150 professionals, especially engineers, to add 200 current employees this year to carry out your business plans and expansion. The new facilities will have 50 points of electric charge in their parking lot, which will be powered by solar panels, and the restoration of the building will be carried out with eco-efficient materials and a design in line with sustainability, to eliminate, thus, the generation of waste.
The company also plans to consolidate its commercial activities in the emerging markets of electric vehicles, especially Latin America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific and introduce technological innovation throughout its energy production, supply and consumption chain.
The company multiplied its sales last year by two to 9.4 million euros, and currently offers services to large car companies, such as Nissan, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Mercedes, Seat, among others; and to large electricity companies, such as Iberdrola, Scottish Power and Octopus Energy.