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AWL-Techniek plans expansion in Harderwijk

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December 2017

Over the past few years, AWL-Techniek has experienced significant international growth. Besides its facilities in the Czech Republic, China, Mexico and this year's start in America, the Dutch welding machine builder will further expand its facilities in Harderwijk (the Netherlands). AWL has reached an agreement with the Municipality of Harderwijk for a building site of nearly six hectares on the Lorentz III industrial estate.

“Continuous investments in innovations, international production facilities and skilled employees have formed the basis for our growth in the past years. Innovations, which are tested and presented in our customer experience and training centre, will be given a prominent place in the new building. Besides innovations in joining techniques, there will also be sufficient room for launching more innovations onto the market,” said AWL-Techniek.

The first phase of the new building is planned to be completed by the end of 2018. In the first phase, an assembly factory of 10,000 m2 will be built, which could be doubled in the coming years. Office space of 4,000 m2 will also be incorporated into the factory. The office space will be fitted out with a meeting centre, modern workplaces, training areas, a company restaurant and fitness facilities.

 

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JV for electric mobility on long-distance journeys

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December 2017

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have announced a Joint Venture, IONITY, that will develop and implement a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe. Launching approximately 400 HPC stations by 2020, IONITY will make long-distance journeys easier and marks an important step for electric vehicles. Based in Munich, Germany, the joint venture is led by Chief Executive Officer, Michael Hajesch, and Chief Operating Officer, Marcus Groll, with a growing team, set to number 50 by the start of 2018.

“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles. IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel,” said Hajesch.

A total of 20 stations will be opened to the public this year, located on major roads in Germany, Norway and Austria, at intervals of 120km, through partnerships with “Tank & Rast”, “Circle K” and “OMV”. Throughout 2018, the network will expand to more than 100 stations, each one enabling multiple customers, driving different manufacturer cars, to charge their vehicles simultaneously. With a capacity of up to 350kW per charging point, the network will use the European charging standard Combined Charging System to significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems. The brand-agnostic approach and Europe-wide distribution is expected to help make electrified vehicles more appealing.

Choosing the best locations takes into account potential integration with existing charging technologies and IONITY is negotiating with existing infrastructure initiatives, including those supported by the participating companies as well as political institutions. The investment underlines the commitment that the participating manufacturers are making in electric vehicles and relies on international co-operation across the industry.

The founding partners, BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group, have equal shares in the Joint Venture, while other automotive manufacturers are invited to help expand the network.

 

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