Wallbox’s institutional representatives, customers, suppliers and members of the board of directors attended the event relating to its new factory. Its expected production capacity will be over 750,000 chargers per year. Therefore, the new plant will put the company in a position to respond to the growing demand for electric vehicles. The company has invested 9 million euros in a facility that will employ more than 500 people. Enric Asunción, CEO and co-founder of Wallbox, stated in the following.
“This is Wallbox, a company that works with a clear objective: to be the best in charging solutions for electric vehicles and energy management worldwide. We are no longer a start-up. We have grown and are a global company with a presence in almost 100 markets and listed on the NYSE. We are still growing! And here, in this factory that we are inaugurating today, you have proof of that”.
The facility is at the forefront of innovation, efficiency, production and capacity. In addition, this new factory carries the principles of sustainability that have always identified Wallbox. In this sense, the company is a pioneer in the application of the ‘cradle to cradle’ concept at an industrial level.
This philosophy aims to eliminate waste and has been applied in the new factory from the moment construction began. The new factory also follows the principles of ‘lean manufacturing. It is the industrial philosophy that improves the production process by eliminating unnecessary systems, seeks to increase the quality of products, and eliminates all activities that do not add value, among others.
On top of this, during the third quarter of 2022, 4,500 square meters of solar panels will be installed on the roof of the factory. In fact, they are designed to supply 900kW of renewable energy to the factory. As a result, solar panels will produce between 30 and 60% of the estimated energy needs of the production process.
Research, Development and Innovation
Beyond the production area, one of the most outstanding spaces in the new factory is the validation area. This is the company’s third laboratory and is designed to allow the necessary tests. In the laboratory, employees will carry out trials to ensure the quality of both the software developed by Wallbox and the chargers.
They can also carry out durability tests of all products with the two climatic chambers. They allow the climate of any part of the world to be recreated. In this way, the company ensures that all its products are designed to be suitable for each region. These chambers allow extreme climates to be recreated, ranging from -80ºC to 170ºC. They also allow the chargers to be tested in dust, water, and saltwater.
This laboratory has other functions such as testing the compatibility of all the chargers developed by Wallbox. It means that tests will be applicable for the different electric vehicle manufacturers. In addition, the validation area will also develop the test equipment that will be used during the production process. Furthermore, the equipment is designed to ensure the quality of all the products that leave the new factory line.
The company has two other laboratories where it develops both its products and the validation tools for all the chargers. One at its headquarters in Barcelona and the other in California (United States). Investment in R&D&I is one of the company’s priorities. In fact, in 2021, Wallbox invested 12 million euros in this concept.