Tuesday, September 10, 2013

News: Magnomatics joins The Proving Factory

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Magnomatics, a Sheffield-based manufacturer of energy-efficient products based on ground-breaking magnetic gear technology, has been announced as the sixth technology developer to join The Proving Factory.

Part of Tata Steel's Brinsworth site in Rotherham will house the new component manufacturing facility as part of The Proving Factory, a £22m government-backed manufacturing initiative that aims to bridge the gap (or "Valley of Death") between small enterprises developing leading edge low carbon technology and large vehicle manufacturers.

Led by industry experts, Productiv Limited, working closely with Tata Steel, technology will be developed by Bladon Jets, Flybrid, Torotrak, Drive Systems Design, Libralato and now Magnomatics, who were announced as the newest member at Cenex LCV2013, the UK's premier low carbon vehicle event.

Magnomatics was founded in 2006 by a group of engineers from the University of Sheffield. Since then the team has grown to over 30 staff. The company is active in many market sectors, including automotive, renewables, marine propulsion, aerospace and oil & gas.

Magnomatics' products use powerful permanent magnets to replace traditional mechanical meshing gears in a gear box. It has joined The Proving Factory to prove the viability in production for its MAGSPLIT power split device that is suited to hybrid and electric vehicles.

Chris Kirby, managing director of Magnomatics, said: "Membership of The Proving Factory is assisting us in engineering our products for cost effective manufacture in automotive volumes. The future ability to supply in quantities of up to 20,000 units p.a. for introduction fleet evaluation is welcomed by our clients."

Richard Bruges of The Proving Factory consortium, and chief executive of Productiv, said: "We are delighted to welcome Chris and the Magnomatics team to The Proving Factory. Magnomatics is a classic example of the innovative low-carbon vehicle technologies The Proving Factory initiative seeks to support, and we look forward to developing this technology, and those of all our other developers, through pre-production in 2014 and on to proving volume production for vehicle manufacturers in 2015."

Magnomatics website
Proving Factory website

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