UK precision stamping company, Brandauer has been selected to be part of a new consortium led by tech company Saietta, which has won an Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) grant to fast-track production on new electric motors for use in all vehicles from scooters through to buses.

The Birmingham-based firm will use its thin gauge stamping and progression toolmaking experience to produce busbars and laminations for use in motors.

The nomination secures GBP500,000 (US$663,000) of R&D funding for Brandauer, with the potential to generate up to GBP1m of new sales in the first 12 months following project completion and more revenue to follow as manufacturing volumes increase.

“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,” said Brandauer CEO, Rowan Crozier.

“We are 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 platform to use our ‘manufacturing to microns’ expertise to make a major difference in supporting the development of greener vehicles.

“Our design capabilities and maximum material utilisation approach during the stamping process means we can deliver performance while contributing to reduce the weight and cost of the laminations and busbars.”

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 engineers in the first round of recruitment.

Saietta will work with Brandauer and The AEV Group, a specialist in the manufacture of electrical insulating resins, varnishes and compounds, on refining the process for core motor component manufacturing and motor assembly.

“This is a significant day for Saietta,” added Saietta Group CEO, Wicher Kist. “By quickly scaling up operations we can fully capitalise on the commercial opportunity we know exists.

“Based on the conversations we’ve had, and the projects we’re already involved with, we know 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.”