Tuesday, August 25, 2015

News: Magnomatics inspiring the next generation

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Magnomatics, a Sheffield-based manufacturer of energy-efficient products based on ground-breaking magnetic gear technology, has taken on its first engineering apprentice.

The company originated as a spin-out from Sheffield University in 2006. Backed by £4.5m of venture capital investment and with support from Innovate UK through the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform and funding competitions, it has expanded to 28 staff, including 7 PhDs, with aspirations to further growth.

Rotherham-born Owen Birks, who went to Rawmarsh Community School will start his formal training at the AMRC Training Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham in September, after an initial few weeks with the team at Magnomatics.

Magnomatics has been a strong supporter of Work-Wise, the Sheffield based charity promoting engineering and manufacturing careers for 14-16 year olds. Thanks to Work-Wise, Owen is no stranger to Magnomatics having first been introduced to the company through a Work-Wise placement in 2013 and a follow-on placement in 2014.

The company continues to engage with young people through the Work-Wise scheme, increasing awareness and promoting engineering as an exciting and rewarding career. Two more training placements have recently been completed at the Parkway firm.

Dave Latimer, CEO at Magnomatics, said: "We are delighted to see the progression of our business and especially the arrival of Owen as our first apprentice. We spotted Owen's engineering potential through the Work-Wise scheme and since then we have followed his academic achievements with interest.

"It's great seeing our work inspire the next generation of engineering talent rewarded with local young people pursuing engineering careers. For too long the exciting opportunities represented by careers in manufacturing and engineering have not been promoted well enough. That's why we became involved with the Work-Wise scheme."

Magnomatics' revenue is primarily from customers interested in applying Magnomatics technology to road or rail, oil and gas installations, aerospace, marine and renewable energy. That involves initial studies and then taking the project all the way through to manufacturing and delivering tested prototypes.

Magnomatics became an official production partner of The Proving Factory in September 2014 for its MAGSPLIT power split which is currently being evaluated by a number of global automotive customers. Part of Tata Steel's Brinsworth site in Rotherham will house a new component manufacturing facility as part of the £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.

Magnomatics website

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