A South Australian motor manufacturer is drawing upon the expertise of a team at the University of Oxford as it seeks to take its technology global.
Intelligent Electric Motor Solutions (IEMS) are designers and innovators of Soft Magnetic Composite (SMC) high efficiency electric motors, based in South Australia.
IEMS’ patented designs and their use of SMC materials offer low-cost and high-efficiency brushless permanent magnet motors from a simplified manufacturing process. Their motor can also be utilised as an efficient generator.
The company has now secured the services of Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford through their Industry Alliance Programme, in an effort to source international commercialisation partners and/or investment within Asia and Europe.
David Gehlert IEMS CEO, says “We are pleased to be engaging with such an influential commercialisation partner as Isis Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford as they have such a strong presence in promoting new and exciting technologies, and an excellent track record in bringing high tech products and distribution partners together.”
IEMS’ designs have been utilised in a range of applications and the current market-ready products include water pumps for domestic swimming pools, fan drives for automotive applications, dc powered refrigeration drives, a wind turbine generator, small electric vehicle drives and compressor drives.
Helen Ujvary, Isis’ Australian representative, said: “We are delighted that Intelligent Electric Motor Solutions has joined our Industry Alliance Programme, and look forward to helping them advance in the international market”.
Earlier this year, Isis Innovation had established a pilot support programme for automotive engineering companies looking for Chinese partners.
Under the programme, Isis consultants help selected companies, especially SMEs, find appropriate partners for development of new products for the Chinese automotive supply chain.
At the time of the local launch, Professor Stephen Martin, CEO of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CSDA) remarked: “We are delighted that Isis has established a pilot Autoindustry Support Programme for Australian SMEs, which we view as a natural outcome of the Innovation Management Master classes that were delivered by Isis, and run by CEDA in Australia last year.”??
Ujvary explained: “The automobile industry in South Australia has suffered a series of setbacks in the last few months with plant closures announced by the likes of Holden and Toyota. I hope that the introduction of this Support Programme will enable some SA businesses to find appropriate export partners.”