Norway’s Sapa AS and Sweden’s Chargestorm announced an agreement today whereby the former provides aluminium profiles for wall-mounted chargers made by the latter.
The product, developed jointly between the two firms, is meant to capitalize on the ever-expanding electric vehicle market in Europe. According to PwC, the European electric vehicle market is to grow by a staggering 422% by the year 2021. Both public and private electric vehicles depend upon charging stations, which is a need Chargestorm intends to fulfill.
“As a company focusing on clean energy, it seems only natural that we should use a material that embodies our values. Aluminium is like electricity, clean, renewable and sustainable,” said Chargestorm’s CEO Patrik Lindergren. “We are extremely happy to be collaborating with Sapa on developing our chargers to be greener than ever.”
In an effort to operate in a sustainable manner, Chargestorm ruled out plastic and stainless steel in favor of fully-recyclable aluminium.
“The combination of an attractive metal finish in anodized aluminium and a high degree of customization was the main reason why Chargestorm chose Sapa and its aluminium profile,” Lindergren explained.
Chargestorm, which was founded in 2009, has been producing charging stations for both public and private electric vehicles. It is a member of both Cleantech and Power Circle, two Swedish organizations endeavoring to promote the migration from electricity produced from non-renewable resources to electricity derived from sustainable sources.
“Fifty percent of all the aluminium we use in our production comes from recycled materials from our own remelters, and this makes aluminium a great material of choice for a green manufacturer like Chargestorm,” commented Sapa Profiles AB sales director Stefan Bergstrom.
Sapa AS is a joint venture between Orkla Group and Norsk Hydro, with each entity owning an equal share in the venture. Based in Oslo, Sapa is the largest aluminium extrusion-based solutions company in the world, with one hundred plants in over three dozen countries, and employs almost 23,000.