Brandauer seals £500k+ funding to charge new lamination technology

A number one steel pressings specialist has secured greater than £500,000 of funding to assist it develop new skinny gauge laminates to be used in an thrilling electrification undertaking.

Brandauer, which employs 60 individuals at its manufacturing facility in Birmingham, is proving out a producing course of for creating particular stacks utilized in a brand new extremely sustainable motor for the sunshine industrial automobile/off-highway sectors.

The agency is a part of the UK-ALUMOTOR consortium that’s being led by Ricardo and contains companions Aspire Engineering, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Phoenix Scientific Industries and International Applied sciences Racing.

£4m of consortium funding has come from the Driving the Electrical Revolution Problem at UK Analysis and Innovation, with the consortium tasked with delivering, testing and validating pre-production of a extremely sustainable motor with as much as a 12kg discount in uncommon earth magnets per machine.

Mark Parsons, Innovation Challenge Supervisor at Brandauer, commented: “That is one other thrilling ‘win’ for us and reinforces our rising experience in paper skinny laminations for electrical motor stators and rotors.

“If the UK goes to steer the world in electrification, we have to construct provide chain capability and new expertise, which is why the UK-ALUMOTOR undertaking is one other vital step ahead on this intention.”

He continued: “The market alternative is big. At current, there are 63,000 electrical mild industrial automobiles made yearly, however that is forecast to develop to 282,000 automobiles by 2026, persevering with to rise to 345,000 automobiles two years later.”

Brandauer, a confirmed collaborator by way of its membership of the Manufacturing Meeting Community (MAN), had beforehand labored with the consortium on a feasibility examine for manufacturing and this has supplied essential info on geometry, tolerances, materials utilization and refined manufacturing processes.

The brand new funding will assist it take this information and put it in direction of the event of tooling that can create the paper-thin laminates that engineers will then assemble into various stack sizes to be used within the stator and rotor a part of the electrical motor.

15 employees on the Birmingham agency are anticipated to be concerned within the undertaking, with the brand new Yamada 80 tonne press due for use as soon as manufacturing of the samples begin. Bosses are estimating that this might be price greater than £1m per 12 months if the element is totally realised.

Rowan Crozier, CEO of Brandauer, went on so as to add: “It’s so vital that SMEs can entry funding to develop new applied sciences; it minimises the chance we absorb enterprise R&D and may typically be the distinction between us committing to a undertaking or not.

“We’re concerned in three totally different consortiums all linked to electrification and it will be nice to see an analogous deal with different sectors like aerospace and medical that UK manufacturing can exploit.”

Andrew Lane, Principal Engineer and Challenge Lead for UK-ALUMOTOR at Ricardo, concluded:

“Ricardo is trying ahead to working with Brandauer as soon as once more. Its potential and experience in skinny laminations for electrical machines will present a significant a part of the jigsaw in realising the UK-ALUMOTOR idea.”

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