The1st Mould GmbH in Pirna invests a lot in sustainability, including eight electric vehicles. In an interview, Managing Director Max Stauß explains his motives and what he would improve about the current infrastructure.
Located directly on the Elbe, the specialist for plastic injection moulding 1st Mould GmbH has also become a pioneer for sustainability. The company with 36 employees thinks and acts economically and ecologically consistently: the business building has a hot water tank, a photovoltaic system and a heat exchanger. There are also twelve charging stations in the car park near the Elbe cycle path, which e-car and e-bike riders can use free of charge.
The environment and sustainability are the most important issues of our time. We are living on the dime of future generations. At 1st Mould we want to set a good example, think ahead and take the plunge." - Max Stauß, Managing Director of 1st Mould.
Why does a plastics company invest in green technologies? What drives the managing director and his employees? In the video interview, Max Stauß answers our questions and would like to provide food for thought on the current charging and billing infrastructure, which still makes the widespread use of electromobility difficult.
WHAT IS THE COMPANY'S POSITION ON E-MOBILITY?
Max Stauß is a convinced electric driver himself. For him, it is a great feeling to explore the nature of his home country with the E-car. The economic advantages, such as lower maintenance and consumption costs, are added to this, as is the positive image effect for the company. Not only does he see the ecological and economic benefits of e-cars and e-bikes, but he also offers car drivers and cyclists free of charge to charge their vehicles in the company car park. The e-bikes from the company's own fleet can even be borrowed.
As a clear advocate of sustainable mobility, the managing director would like to see more charging infrastructures that allow for the widespread use of e-cars. Above all, he misses more pressure from the federal government in the introduction of a uniform payment system. In addition, the various billing systems mean that infrastructure providers have more costs than revenues. He also hopes that more larger cities will follow Leipzig's example, where electric cars can already be charged free of charge throughout the city.
BACKGROUND: 1ST MOULD GMBH FROM PIRNA
The company is a specialist for prototypes made of plastic. Small, medium-sized and large companies order here in small and pilot series. Approximately 350 moulds are produced each year. 1st Mould GmbH was founded in 2005 and has always remained loyal to the Saxon Switzerland region. The new production building was opened in 2017 directly on the Elbe cycle path The company's fleet currently consists of eight electric cars and two electric bicycles. In 2012, Managing Director Max Stauß was nominated as "Entrepreneur of the Year".
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