Friday, August 14, 2020

AMRC partners with drives makers to steer region’s green economic recovery

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has partnered with two electric automotive drives makers to drive the region’s green economic recovery.

“Fears over a climate emergency are driving change across the global transport industry and Magtec is at the forefront of the technology needed to make it happen,” said Andrew Gilligan, Managing Director at Sheffield-based electric vehicle manufacturer Magtec, who are leading part of the nationwide project announced by the government last week.

“We are delighted to be working with our OEM and research partners to industrialise our manufacturing operations and satisfy demand for our class-leading electric vehicle drive systems.

“We are creating high-quality engineering jobs across our company and regional supply chain and strengthening the UK’s standing in this emerging global sector.”

Ten projects across the UK will receive a share of a £73.5 million government investment to develop cutting-edge technology for the next generation of electric taxis, cars and vans – including recyclable batteries, advanced electrical systems and ultra-lightweight components.

£3 million has been awarded to Magtec to allow them to scale up the UK-production of their world-leading electric motors using the latest automation technologies.

It is expected to create 65 jobs at Magtec and a further 165 across South Yorkshire and the wider region as the company strengthens its UK supply chain.

Magtec will work with the AMRC and fellow High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult centre the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in the £6m project, as well as four leading transport sector OEMs – Dennis Eagle, Paneltex, Volta Trucks and strategic partner Angel Trains.

“The AMRC’s role will focus on factory planning and simulation, composite overwrapping of rotors, coil inspection and lamination core manufacture,” said Dr Lloyd Tinkler, Senior Project Engineer and lead for the AMRC’s research on electrical machines manufacture.

“The latter two are closely aligned to our ongoing research being undertaken as part of our Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Future Electrical Machines Manufacturing (FEMM) Hub.”

The £28 million FEMM Hub – underpinned by a £10 million award from the EPSRC and led by the University of Sheffield – aims to develop new manufacturing techniques and technologies to improve the reliability and performance of high value electrical machines.

The cash boost announced by the government will aid the development of highly efficient and ultra-lightweight components and help drive the automotive industry further away from its reliance on fossil fuel technologies.

The move towards electric transport will be vital in helping the UK meet its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, while growing the economy and creating jobs in greener industries.

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