Oxfordshire tech company Saietta has won a grant through the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to ramp up production of its Axial Flux Traction (AFT) motor. The APC research contract will enable Saietta to increase annual motor production capacity to 150,000 and enable the hiring of 150 to 250 engineers in the first round of recruitment.
Saietta says it will work closely with UK-based specialists Brandauer and AEV on refining the process for core motor component manufacturing and motor assembly, with the intention of delivering a cost-effective, highly-automated production process. Brandauer is an expert in precision stamping and progression tooling, and AEV specializes in manufacturing electrically insulating resins.
Saietta CEO Wicher Kist said, “By quickly scaling up operations we can fully capitalize 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 EVs in markets around the world.”
Brandauer CEO Rowan Crozier added, “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.”