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Faces of eMobility

Meet our team

The eMobility business unit is one of the youngest areas at Bender. In recent years, the team within the business unit has been expanded and strengthened more and more. As a team, we deal with topics such as charging technology for electric vehicles and vehicle sensor technology. On this page we would like to introduce our individual team members.

Meet Aaron Schulz

Aaron Schulz, 24 years, product owner and field application engineer for AC sensors used in E-vehicle charging 

About the job  

My task as product owner and field application engineer for AC sensors with Bender is to incorporate our customers' requests and requirements into existing and new products. I am responsible first and foremost for the technical further development of products. However, I am also responsible for the organizational tasks in the Bender development team. 

In addition, I am the contact for all customers regarding questions about our AC sensors. Regardless of whether there is an enquiry about a sensor in one of our charge controllers or a sensor alone, be it as printed circuit board or as chipset solution. I find the right solution for every customer.

Why Bender, why electromobility?  

Already when I was in school it was clear to me that I wanted to work for Bender. My very first internship during school was here, and it provided me with a host of insights into the various units of the company. After leaving school I applied for an apprenticeship with Bender.Having completed that successfully, I moved to Quality Management. One of the first products in which I was involved was the charge controller CC612, which was new at the time. I immediately liked the product and e-mobility topics and then decided to become part of Bender's e-mobility team.

The biggest challenge at Bender?  

In recent years the e-mobility sector has experienced enormous growth. Our team has grown tremendously, and our range of tasks has become ever more complex. We are developing new products and solutions. It is therefore extremely important to every one of us that we keep pace with this rapid growth. 

E-mobility trends 

The electromobility sector is hugely varied. In my opinion, in the future e-mobility will not only be about a vehicle moving from A to be B using electrical power. Electromobility will develop much further. Topics such as bi-directional charging are becoming increasingly important and will bring many changes. The cars of the future may also serve as an energy source. This means that, for instance, it will no longer be necessary to route cables a long way around building-site distribution boxes. Instead, an electric vehicle will be able to supply the required power.  However, it will be a challenge to keep up with the many different advantages of electromobility and the innumerable changes affecting it which we shall be facing in the next few years.  

 

Meet Anna Schad

Introduction:
Anna Schad, 37, Technical Sales at Bender in Grünberg, Germany

About your job:
As Technical Sales, I am responsible for customer support. Here, both the commercial and the technical parts intertwine. Existing and new customers come to us with different inquiries that have to be answered and coordinated. The current material situation accounts for a large part of our work. It is very important to stay in close contact and to constantly coordinate which alternative materials or possibilities that are available.

Why Bender, why E-Mobility?
For me, Bender stands for a healthy medium-sized company that knows the risks involved in generating electricity through its years of experience and offers ingenious solutions for this. The eMobility sector is a fast-growing market that needs new innovative solutions as well as years of experience in power management. I come from an EMS service provider (Electronic Manufacturing Services) where I gained insight into several industries. The eMobility area is currently the area where a rapid further development can be seen, long-term change and new developments will lead to new thoughts in dealing with electricity. For me this sector is really exciting, and I am happy to be part of it.

The biggest challenge at Bender?
The rapid pace of the industry is definitely a big challenge. The development of products takes time. Products need to be tested, changed, adapted and certified again and again. Together with the speed of the industry, one of the biggest challenges is not to lose sight of the balance.

Trends E-Mobility
The use of electricity is changing. People need more and more of it. This high demand for electricity, our aging network and concept can no longer absorb.

With electric vehicles, new possibilities for use are coming into play. The concept is being repositioned. New ways and thoughts of change are coming into focus. We need new solutions and I believe electric vehicles will be a part of that. The ability to store electricity and use it at different times than it is produced has a big impact on making the energy transition possible.

Meet Robert Franzke

Introduction:

Robert Franzke, 33 years old, technical sales at Bender in Grünberg, Germany

About the job:

We at Bender live "one team to the customer", so as technical sales I am a face to the customer and I am responsible for my own customer base, but I also advise interested new customers on the selection of the right product or the right product variant. The commercial processing and after-sales are also part of my tasks, at the moment due to the material situation, a large part of the work consists of close coordination with production and purchasing in order to be able to ensure delivery dates. Internal project work in business development and responsibility for the forecast process complete my job profile.

Why Bender, why E-Mobility?

Coming from a large corporation, the flat hierarchies in a healthy medium-sized company appealed to me. I had the hope that I could achieve and make a difference with my work. Especially in the Emobility team I experience something like a start-up mentality, the market and customer needs are growing and changing extremely quickly and it's exciting to be a part of it.

The biggest challenge at Bender?

Working hand in hand with the other departments to meet the demands of the market and keep up with the pace. So far this has worked extremely well together.

Trends E-Mobility

I believe that electrically powered vehicles of all kinds will increasingly be a part of the future world of mobility. The acceptance and willingness to do this is increasing, even if there is still potential for improvement, for example when it comes to bi-directional charging or integration into holistic energy concepts, both in the private and public sectors. Electromobility cannot be successful in the long term if network expansion and a reliable energy supply cannot be ensured despite the phase-out of nuclear power.

Meet Dustin Hübner

Introduction:

Dustin Hübner, 33 years, field application engineer for charging technology at bender in Grünberg, Germany.

About your job:

In my current job as an application engineer in the field of eMobility, I am responsible for the development of specific solutions and their scaling to further customers. My main focus is on charging infrastructure for the public, but also private or semi-public sector. I support my customers beyond the technical integration and am available for technical problems as a contact person for support and implementation of seminars, as well as product training with advice and assistance.

Why are you at Bender and why at the eMobility sector?

I completed my appretinceship and electronics-studies at Bender. Therefore, I can say that I grew up here. In 2016, I got the chance to join the emobility team and gained a foothold as an applications engineer. The Business is very young, flexible and fast growing, what makes really fun.

What’s the biggest challenge for you at Bender?

The biggest challenges are the fast growing and very different market requirements. Every Customer is different and has different needs, so we need to find the best solution for him.

What will be the biggest trends in the eMobility sector next time?

In my point of view electric vehicles will be more and more part of the energy supply. “Vehicle to X” is a synonym for a car that can be used as a power bank. Very simplified, but yes it is. When a car can store energy, it will be able to provide this energy to another application. I think, that’s the future.

Meet Dr. Fabian Horst

Introduction:

Dr. Fabian Horst, 30 years, eMobility Product manager at Bender in Grünberg, Germany

About his job:

I am responsible for the complete product lifecycle, starting with analyzing the market and customer requirements, followed by supporting the product development process and supporting marketing and sales activities.

 

Why at Bender and why at the eMobility sector?

I already worked at Bender during my studies from 2011-2012. In this time, I had the opportunity to get to know the people and the company, so it was absolutely clear to me to work at Bender after graduation. The EV/eMobility industry is a relatively young market with many interesting challenges. The demand for eMobility will increase enormously in the next 10 years and I want to be a part of it.

What’s the biggest challenge for you at Bender?

The biggest challenge of my job is find out the needs of the market and the customers at the right time. As an innovative company, you have to have a market-ready product before the market needs it.

What will be the biggest trends in the eMobility sector in the next time?

In my opinion, electric vehicles will be a part of the energy grid in the future, used as local energy storage, and therefore bidirectional and smart charging will gain a lot of interest. Therefore, the charging infrastructure (AC & DC, public & private) must offer the capabilities for smart and future-oriented charging.