The Magnetic Materials Group (MMG) at UoB has a 35-year track record in processing and recycling of RE-magnets. The MMG developed and patented the HPMS process for the recovery of NdFeB magnets from scrap electronics. They have secured £4.4 million for equipment from the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge at UK Research and Innovation to build a magnet processing line including a HPMS reactor, powder processing unit, presses and sintering furnacesThe MMG has access to an array of analytical equipment for assessment of magnetic and mechanical performance of materials and a 10kg strip casting facility modelled on those at LCM.
HyProMag Ltd was founded in 2018 and is developing a full recycling supply chain for RE-magnets in the UK. HyProMag has licensed the HPMS patents developed at UOB which will be used in the SCREAM project. The directors of HyProMag have over one hundred years of experience in the rare earth supply chain ranging from mining, and cast alloy production to magnet manufacture. HyProMag have access to equipment for magnet manufacture (jet milling/pressing) and a full suite of characterisation equipment including a permeameter, compositional analysis, particle size analysis and microscopy. Mkango Resources is the largest investor in HyProMag Ltd.
GKN Automotive is a global engineering and manufacturing company dedicated to delivering mass-production solutions for mobility. GKN Automotive is the only major Tier One supplier completely focused on automotive driveline technologies. GKN Automotive will build and test a drive motor using recycled magnets and benchmark this against primary magnets with back to back dynamo tests. GKN Automotive supported the successful Driving the Electric Revolution centre bid for the pilot magnet line in Birmingham (2020).
Bowers & Wilkins, founded in the U.K. in 1966, has been at the forefront of high-performance audio technology for decades. It designs and manufactures precision loudspeakers, headphones, active wireless speakers and automotive audio products that set new standards for innovation and sound quality. As part of this project, Bowers & Wilkins will build and test loudspeaker drivers based on recycled magnets and compare them – by both measuring their performance and reliability and also assessing their sound quality – to units built with standard NdFeB magnets.