Manufacturer stamps its presence in electrification sector with £1m project

A Birmingham-based stamping specialist is pressing the button on a £1m project that will see it develop a new process to support the UK’s acceleration into electrification.

Brandauer, which already produces components for use in more than half of the world’s cars, has secured over £300,000 of funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund run by UK Research and Innovation to help it set up a high volume e-machine stack line to produce thin laminates required by the automotive and aerospace sector.

Working in partnership with WMG and supported by Jaguar Land Rover, the 158-year-old manufacturer believes there is an initial £500,000 opportunity it can secure once the methodology is in place, with the longer-term projections being of a marketplace worth between £60m and £70m.

“This project is a game-changer for our business, but importantly a game-changer for the UK power electronics, machines and drives (PEMD) supply chain and its ability to supply an increasing demand for e-components from tier 1s and car makers,” said Adam Burgoyne of Brandauer.

“Our laminations business is growing, initially focused on aerospace and defence work. However, the really big opportunity is in electrification and, to put us in that global arena, we need to be able to stamp extremely thin laminations to a high quality and large volume.”

He added: “This is what we’ll be working towards over the next twelve months, bringing in the knowledge of WMG and the guidance of JLR. Taking on a project of this magnitude during Covid-19 is a big challenge and has been made possible thanks to the financial support secured from UK Research and Innovation.”