Echandia opens APAC office

Source: press release, 7 October 2021

Echandia Business Development Manager, APAC, David Hunter
Echandia Business Development Manager, APAC, David Hunter (photo: Echandia)

Echandia, a Swedish supplier of heavy-duty battery and fuel cell-systems for maritime applications, will open a hub serving the APAC countries. Echandia’s APAC effort will be based in Bangkok and headed up by David Hunter, previously Business Development Manager at Danfoss Editron.

Echandia is seeing an increasing interest and traction in the APAC region. It all started with a global partnership with Damen Shipyards to electrify ship-handling tugboats to service New Zealand’s largest container and international trade terminal the Ports of Auckland Limited (POAL).

David Hunter has decided to leave his position at Danfoss to join Echandia as a Business Development Manager in charge of the effort to build Echandia’s presence in the APAC region. Hunter has a long track record of working in the clean-tech industry with more than 10 years in management positions with companies like Danfoss Editron, Torqeedo and Green Energy Geothermal and is a perfect fit for Echandia

Magnus Eriksson, CEO and founder of Echandia, says, “We are delighted to have David onboard to serve the fast-growing APAC market. David draws on a wealth of experience and will be instrumental to Echandia’s ambition to electrify and power the world’s oceans. He has pioneered many cutting-edge projects such as the first all-electric passenger ferry fleet in Bangkok, which is typically the kind of projects we are looking at.”

David Hunter, Business Development Manager, APAC, Echandia, adds, “For me it is a natural step to move to Echandia. The interest in electrification of large vessels is growing daily and I see great opportunities with our LTO-based systems, that can handle challenging operational profiles and high c-rates, combined with superior safety characteristics. Everyone in the industry is looking for the right technology-fit and Echandia is in pole-position in this transformation.”