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Design Deed of the Year 2021 awarded to Kempower Oy

Kempower employees at Lahti office in November 2021

Kempower Oy, a company specializing in EV fast-charging solutions and technology based in Lahti, is owned by Kemppi Group, founded in 1949 and known for its global Kemppi welding machine brand. Kemppi Group’s subsidiary Kempower was founded in the fall of 2017 as an independent company, focusing solely on EV fast-charging solutions.

Kempower was awarded the Design Deed of the Year award, as its design not only plays an important part but is also very current. The electrification of transport is part of a global change, being addressed through innovative product development. Kempower’s industrial design and concept concretely answer these needs while representing strong user-driven design. Additionally, Kempower also considers that the implementation of people’s mobility in a sustainable way is a critical factor in the design of a sustainable environment. 

“At Kempower, design encompasses the entire product design process. The user-friendliness and usability of our charging solutions are attributable to the entire Kempower team. More than 35% of our staff drives EVs themselves, and most of us are real EV fans – this motivation and enthusiasm can be seen in our daily work. The Design Deed of the Year award is a great honour for us and an expression of the entire Kempower staff’s commitment to the development of the customer experience,” says Kempower CTO Mikko Veikkolainen.

Kempower Oy was awarded the Design from Finland mark and the Key Flag symbol to recognize products made in Finland earlier in 2021. Now the company receives the prestigious Design Deed of the Year award. The jury praises Kempower for how the company is answering the challenges of the time, which influence people’s daily lives, but are also more widely connected to systemic changes and global demands.  

“Kempower’s concept and its products form a cohesive, functional, modular and scalable solution. The solution is both an integral part of the infrastructure of the future and a natural continuation to the functional Finnish design tradition,” states jury member Ornamo Oy Chairperson and designer Hanna-Kaisa Alanen.

“It is wonderful that a Finnish company has specialized in products representing intelligent innovations in sociotechnical design. The services are present both physically and digitally, and they seamlessly integrate with the customer experience. Additionally, the products cross the interfaces of different users from shared mobility to individual mobility,” Alanen says.

The Design Deed of the Year prize has now been awarded ten times. In previous years, this recognition has been received by Beibamboo Oy (2012), which designs and produces bamboo-fibre baby clothing; VM-Carpet (2013), which produces high-quality, inventive rugs; Droplet Hitech Design Oy (2014), which makes wooden “Lastu” protective holders for mobile devices; Drop Design Pool Oy (2015), which manufactures “Drop” outdoor pools; Hakola Huonekalu Oy (2016), which makes furniture and interior design products; FRENN Company Oy (2017), which produces men’s wear; Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth (2018); Woodio Oy, which designs and manufactures wood composite bathroom furniture (2019) and Piiroinen Oy, which manufactures furniture for public spaces (2020).

The jury consists of Industrial Counsellor Kari Kallonen, Ornamo ry Chairperson Hanna-Kaisa Alanen, Piiroinen Oy’s Sales Director Timo Kaivonen and Association for Finnish Work’s CEO Tero Lausala.

Further information:

Tero Lausala, CEO, Association for Finnish Work, +358 50 407 2623,

Paula Savonen, Marketing & Communications Manager, Kempower, +358 400 343 851,