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Heidelberg drives into electric car chargers

Friday, 31 August 2018
By Print 21 Online Article

Özkan Meral, technical manager at Kohlhammer with designer Sina Gietl who designed the smart cars.

Utilising its undoubted technical and manufacturing expertise Heidelberg is turning to other products apart from printing equipment. One of the first to market is the Heidelberg Wallbox Home Eco, a charging device for electric vehicles.

It’s being rolled out in Germany where bans on diesel-powered cars in many cities will come into effect next year. Electric cars are one solution to get around the ban with the added benefit they can also use bus and transit lanes.

One of Heidelberg’s printing customers, the Stuttgart-based Kohlhammer Group, installed five Wallboxes for three electric vehicles at its HQ and print shop. The company’s customers and visitors can also charge their electric vehicles for free.

Being a printer, Kohlhammer is in regular contact with Heidelberg and learned early on of the plans to market its expertise beyond its traditional core markets by moving into electromobility. The company enjoyed a close customer-supplier relationship with Heidelberg for many years, but this was previously limited to print shop equipment.

The news came as a surprise to Özkan Meral, technical manager at Kohlhammer. “The fact that Heidelberg, of all people – our longstanding supplier and partner in the printing sector – was looking to launch a charging device for electric vehicles initially surprised us, but this then gave our own plans an additional boost. After all, we know from experience that anything Heidelberg launches onto the market stands for quality and reliability.”

“The ongoing discussion on driving bans, especially in our region, has led us to recognize that there is a need for action if we want to offer our customers the usual service quality and secure our logistics location in the future as well.”



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