ZENS Wireless Charging Solutions – Smart. Simple. Fast.
Improve quality of life – go wireless
ZENS is your innovative wireless charging expert. Located right at the heart of one of Europe’s most prominent high-tech centres, we develop state-of-the-art wireless charging innovations that aim to improve quality of life.
At the right place, at the right time, between the right people
Densely inhabited with the most reliable technological experts, the Eindhoven Brainport region is renowned for its highly innovative and collaborative state of mind. From this ever-inspirational environment, wireless charging solutions in any shape or form are developed for both consumers and businesses across all industries.
Brainport and brothers, a striking combination
When hearing the word ‘smartphone’ one immediately thinks about smart, convenient and thoughtful. This doesn’t apply to the adapters that charge them; always fumbling and messing around with cables or the wrong plugs. ZENS deals with this issue. The young company from Eindhoven (NL), devised an elegant way to wirelessly charge mobile phones and is on the verge of a worldwide breakthrough.
After Philips and Van Doorne (DAF) it seems now it is Erik and Johan Plasmans’ turn to thrive. Born and raised in Hapert, Johan and Erik moved to the Mμ Business Centre at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.
“We also could’ve started something in our own village. But thanks to the support of Brainport Development and the organization of the High Tech Campus we’re located here. It’s the best place to be, between the right people, and we’re very grateful for that. If you have guests coming by for business, this location obviously looks very representative.”
Interested companies are indeed visiting the Plasmans brothers nowadays. Orders are increasing in size and speed. A comforting thought for Erik and Johan.
ZENS originally was born around the year 2011. Johan studied Automotive Technology but eventually ended up at the Philips headquarters in Amsterdam. He immersed himself in Business Development and Marketing and came into contact with the phenomenon of wireless charging. A trick based on induction technology. Philips was just trying to divest the consumer electronics, including wireless charging.
Johan Plasmans: “Wouldn’t it be easy to not only wirelessly charge devices made by Philips, but to also integrate it into all kinds of products? To be able to offer an open standard?”
He saw the gap in the market, wrote his letter of resignation and convinced his brother Erik to join him. His studies of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and a career at MCB Netherlands, VDL Group and van Gansewinkel Group made him the ideal partner. A question of now or never.
Qi Wireless Charging
Parallel to the foundation of ZENS, a debate was going on at the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). This club, including Philips, Samsung, Nokia and NXP, was trying to agree on a standard for wireless charging. The goal: making ‘wireless charger brand A’ suitable for ‘wireless device brand B.’ A standard with the ‘Qi’- logo, that in a few years’ time, should be as commonly known as the logos for Bluetooth and Wifi. The Chinese word ‘Qi’ roughly means ‘new energy’. With this notion, Johan and Erik saw an opportunity and immediately launched ZENS.
“Expecting the first mobile phones with this standard to emerge on the market in 2012 or 2013. In 2012, we launched our own application. We were the first company in Europe with a wireless charger provided with WPC certification”, Johan says.
Furniture, bed and kitchen manufacturers are now in line to launch wireless charging. As well as restaurant owners and the lucrative automotive sector. ZENS in turn, is ready to serve them all with products of which the design and technology have been improved constantly in recent years.