The MAG-DRIVE consortium brings together the most advanced magnets research activity in Europe with a major European OEM, to produce the materials and systems necessary for next-generation EVs.

Overview of the consortium

The MAG-DRIVE project brings together some of Europe’s leading permanent-magnet researchers, applied R&D and industrial players, as well as a major European OEM VALEO, to meet the project’s ambitious goals. There is a high degree of complementarity and synergy between the partners and the composition of the consortium is well-balanced in relation to the objectives of the project, with each partner providing required critical skills and expertise that could not be found at any single institution or in any single country. MAG-DRIVE requires a European approach only possible with the assistance of the FP7- SST-2013-RTD-1 call.


Partners from European Universities and Research Institutes

MAG-DRIVE is a highly inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary consortium and contains some of the leading permanent-magnet researchers in Europe. Paul McGuiness, the Project Coordinator from the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI), was one of the inventors of the hydrogen-decrepitation (HD) process for Nd–Fe–B magnets; a process now in use by practically every manufacturer of rare-earth permanent magnets in Europe, China and Japan. With colleagues at the University of Birmingham he also developed many aspects of the hydrogenation-disproportionationdesorption- recombination (HDDR) process, another innovative production route that is now firmly established in magnet manufacturing worldwide. His research has led to more than 100 publications in the area of permanent magnets. Allan Walton, from the University Of Birmingham (UOB), is an expert in the recycling of Nd-Fe-B magnets, with an emphasis on using hydrogen-based technologies. The UOB team has a track record that is second to none when it comes to developing technologies for rare-earth magnet production. At the second UK partner, Queen Mary College, University of London (QMUL), Mike Reece has recently set up the first spark plasma sintering (SPS) furnace in the UK. This is being used to develop new materials with nanoscale microstructures, high texture and non-equilibrium phases. He has more than 100 publications on advanced materials. Dana Vasiljevic-Radovic is Director of the University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy (ICTM). This institution has been active in a number of EU projects over the past 10 years. Their experience in working with nanostructures is vital to the development of the materials necessary for the success of the project.

Partners from European Industry

The project consortium includes 2 SMEs in the field of materials, KE and MAGNETI, the latter being one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of rare-earth-free AlNiCo magnets, together with VALEO. MAGNETI is a Slovenian company that manufactures Sm-Co and Nd-Fe-B rare-earth magnets as well as AlNiCos and a range of bonded magnets. The company has its own state-of-the-art development and production equipment. KE is a company that focuses on producing high-quality metal components based on its patented process. Like MAGNETI, it supplies many of Europe’s leading industrial giants, such as Bosch. VALEO is an independent industrial group that is focused on the design, production and sale of components, integrated systems and modules for the automotive industry, mainly for the reduction of CO2 emissions. VALEO ranks among the world's top automotive suppliers. Together, the research partners in MAG-DRIVE have the innovation, skills and knowledge necessary to make the breakthroughs the project envisages.