Oxfordshire based tech company Saietta has won a major grant, through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) that will fast-track the first stage of the production process ramp-up for its innovative Axial Flux Traction (AFT) electric motor.
With a breakthrough in electric propulsion motors for all vehicles from scooters to buses, Saietta's unique AFT technology delivers class-leading performance at the price points required for mass market adoption. The APC research contract will enable Saietta to ramp up production capacity to 150,000 motors per annum and trigger the hiring of 150-250 highly skilled engineers in the first round of recruitment. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2020-2030.
Saietta will work closely with UK-based specialists Brandauer and AEV on refining the process for core motor component manufacturing and motor assembly, thereby delivering a cost effective, highly automated production process.
Wicher Kist, Chief Executive Officer Saietta Group, said: "This is a significant day for Saietta. By quickly scaling up operations we can fully capitalise on the commercial opportunity that we know exists. Based on the conversations we've had, and the projects we're already involved with, we know that the mass production of our technology will allow us to power a new generation of electric vehicles, in markets around the world, bringing a new era of mobility."
From its base in Oxfordshire, England, Saietta has perfected a unique, patent protected and modular design. With class-leading torque, power and efficiency combined with the compact, light-weight structure, and a design optimised for mass manufacture, Saietta's AFT technology delivers across a wide range of price points.
The global market has reacted extremely positively to AFT, with multiple EV product sectors valuing its benefits, as well as other applications including marine and wind turbines.
In order to deliver its mass-market EV solution, Saietta will be collaborating with two specialist companies, Brandauer and AEV Group. Brandauer is a leader in precision stamping and progression tooling while AEV is an expert in the manufacture of electrically insulating resins, and the partnership will work closely together to deliver a highly cost effective production process in high volume manufacture.
Rowan Crozier, CEO of Brandauer, commented: "Providing cleaner transport is a major global opportunity for the UK and we are delighted to be part of the Saietta consortium to help bring important new technologies to market. Brandauer is already heavily involved in providing specialist busbars and laminates to a number of clients in the electrification field and, this latest project, will give us the perfect platform to use our 'manufacturing with microns' expertise to make a major difference in supporting the development of greener vehicles."
Jonathan Kemp, Managing Director, AEV Group, said: "AEV are extremely proud to be part of this successful APC16 bid. Saietta has very exciting technology with their Axial Flux Traction (AFT) motor design, and along with the other project partner Brandauer, AEV look forward to fulfilling their part of the project to implement the successful pilot production in the UK. An important further step for UK plc going green!"
The project will deliver significant increases in capacity and capability within the UK electric motors supply chain that are necessary for the decarbonisation of transport. It will put the UK at the forefront of high value axial flux motor manufacture, creating jobs and increasing revenues across the supply chain, which is closely aligned with the objectives of the UK Industrial Strategy.
Saietta Group is an established engineering company based in Oxfordshire, England. It specialises in propulsion motors for a broad range of electric vehicles and has engineered break-through, patent-protected, axial-flux motor tech. Saietta provides end-to-end turnkey engineering services to OEMs from market research and product definition, CAE & simulation, e-motor electrical & mechanical integration, prototype build and vehicle testing on 20 miles of private test tracks, low volume production and production process definition.
Established in 1862, Brandauer is one of the West Midlands' best kept manufacturing secrets, producing millions of high tolerance metal pressings and stampings every week for customers in the plumbing, automotive, domestic products, electrical, medical and renewables sectors. Most of the products it makes are invisible to the user, but fundamental in making many everyday items work effectively. These include electrical connectors that are fitted in 90% of the world's kettles and edge connectors for the dimming of rear-view mirrors in 50% of modern-day cars. New product development is central to the Queen's Award-winning firm's approach and over £1m is spent every year on new machinery and R&D to ensure it remains at the forefront of progression tooling, tool transfers and stamping.
The AEV Group specialise in the manufacture of electrical insulating resins, varnishes and compounds. AEV's products are used in the manufacture of a wide range of electrical machines and electronics, from domestic appliances to industrial components for the defence, energy and transport industries. The current product range is the result of years of research and development by a highly skilled and dedicated team. Each product has been chemically engineered to deliver advanced performance in its unique application, balanced with responsible sourcing and environmental considerations. Established in 1982, AEV is a family owned company based and operated in the UK. Through organic growth and acquisition, the AEV brand has evolved into a global group of companies, supplying its range of innovative products from multiple manufacturing locations worldwide.
Advanced Propulsion Centre:
The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) accelerates the industrialisation of technologies which will help to realise net-zero emission vehicles within the automotive sector. This is at the heart of the UK Government's commitment to end the country's contribution to global warming by 2050. Since its foundation in 2013, APC has funded 119 low-carbon projects, involving more than 3000 partners. The technologies developed in these projects are projected to save over 240 million tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of removing the lifetime emissions from 9.3 million cars. APC projects have helped generate economic benefits too. Companies involved have seen turnover increases of 14-17%, with new jobs increasing by 8-10%. Together these have generated a 17% Gross Value Added uplift. With its deep sector expertise and cutting-edge knowledge of new propulsion technologies, APC's role in building and advising project consortia helps projects start quickly and deliver more value. In the longer term, its work to drive innovation and encourage collaboration is building the foundations for a successful UK industry.
In 2019 the UK Government created the Automotive Transformation Fund (ATF) to accelerate the development of a net zero vehicle supply chain, enabling UK-based manufacturers to serve global markets. ATF investments are awarded through APC to support strategically important capital and R&D investments in the UK that will help companies involved in batteries, motors and drives, power electronics, fuel cells and recycling to anchor their future in the UK.
The Advanced Propulsion Centre - www.apcuk.co.uk
Source: Saietta Group