6 questions for: Würth Elektronik eiSos

Würth Elektronik eiSos is one of 27 partners in our #BERLINPRODUZIERT industry campaign. The company is located in the Science and Technology Park in Berlin-Adlershof. And not by chance. As one of the leading manufacturers of electronic and electromechanical components in Europe, Würth Elektronik eiSos is particularly innovative. We spoke with CEO Alexander Gerfer.

For me, freedom means being able to live independently and get things started: with responsibility and respect for the freedom of others. We also live out this philosophy at Würth Elektronik eiSos: we work very freely and are always in tune with the times.
Alexander Gerfer, CEO Würth Elektronik eiSos

 

 Mr. Gerfer, “E-Motion Berlin” is the #BERLINPRODUZIERT slogan from Würth Elektronik eiSos. Can you describe this e-feeling?

In Berlin, our emotions and ideas meet those of many other creative minds. This feeling of enthusiasm is contagious. And so we’re finding exciting collaborations here where we can help our partners turn their initial thoughts into real success stories. We couldn’t resist a nod to one of our most emotionally-charged areas of development: E-Mobility.

Würth Elektronik eiSos has been running a Competence Center in Berlin-Adlershof since 2015. What makes the location so attractive to you?

As a university location and technology park, Adlershof perfectly reflects Berlin’s proximity to countless technically-focused science institutions and technology companies of all sizes. At the same time, we are currently opening a showroom on the EUREF campus in Berlin-Schöneberg. Here we can show startups and idea makers locally and virtually what support we have to offer individually.

“Made in Berlin:” What does that mean in relation to Würth Elektronik eiSos?

In Berlin we’re developing numerous ideas with partners, digitally networked with our other locations. At the same time, we are able to find a lot of talent to complement our teams: from IT professionals to product developers. Employees from other locations also come to Berlin if, for example, they are looking for a personal change in the long term or if they’d like to release a project in the short term.

What makes Berlin so innovative?

Berlin is a metropolis with a large number of universities and research institutions, as both a capital and a hub for history, culture, politics, and social exchange. Of course, this also attracts a diverse mix of people of all ages, experiences, and ideas. Anyone who is curious and wants to make a difference will eventually come to Berlin.

How and with whom is Würth Elektronik eiSos meeting the (digital) future?

We provide our customers with innovative components for IoT solutions in the areas of Wireless Power, Energy Harvesting, and Radio Communication. Internally, we are deliberately approaching customer and service-oriented digitalization with our 5-pillar SMART5 concept: Firstly, we communicate with our customers around the globe in TV studio quality. Secondly, professional data processing creates a high degree of transparency in our processes and, thus, quickly reacts to delivery bottlenecks, for example. Thirdly, customers benefit from the highest level of data security through our own data center. Fourthly, purchasers quickly get any quantity from us through smart delivery processes. And fifthly, we support our customers with many smart tools to find the right components for them and make the best use of them.


How much Würth Elektronik is in one of the German e-cars?

Of course, most developments fall under strict non-disclosure agreements, which are contractually agreed between the technology partners. But I can name two examples. As early as season two, together with the ABT Sportsline engineering team, we developed a backup battery and the related charging station for the power supply in the cockpit. Weighing only 80 g, it saved about 4/5 of the weight of the previous battery. Also as of the second season, our REDCUBE terminals on the circuit board of the frequency converter also drove along. These are very robust power supply elements for the high current range. Several collaborative projects are in progress, with more to come in the near future.

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