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WS 13: Resource Efficient Production of Rare-Earth Magnets – The EU Project REProMag

Workshop Organisers: OBE Ohnmacht & Baumgärtner GmbH & Co. KG and Steinbeis 2i GmbH on behalf of all REProMag consortium partners
Workshop Chair: Prof Carlo Burkhardt (OBE Ohnmacht & Baumgärtner GmbH & Co. KG)
Date and time: Wednesday 25, 14h30 – 16h30
Room: 4


Welcome in the exciting world of magnets!

Whether in electrical motors of cars, sensors of elevators, actuators of medical equipment, grippers and fixations of machines, speakers of cell phones or hard drives of computers: Rare-earth (RE) magnets are increasingly present in our lives and play a key role in a wide range of industries. They are the strongest type of magnets to date and as such, high in demand. Yet, RE materials are both difficult to find and to extract in large quantities, which makes them expensive and their prices volatile. In such context of a critical raw material market, which is indeed dominated by Asia (only 3% produced in EU), there is a strong need to develop new processes for efficient (re-) use and production of RE magnets. Here is precisely where REProMag comes into play. In this European funded project (Horizon 2020 – GA Nº636881) a team of 14 European research and industrial partners developed an innovative resource efficient and sustainable manufacturing route for RE magnets called SDS (Shaping, Debinding, Sintering). The REProMag approach is an integrated solution overcoming today’s limitations in the production and use of RE-magnets: it’s based on the use of 100% recycled RE-metals and allows customised and economically efficient production of RE-magnets with complex and miniaturised geometries through Metal Injection Moulding and 3D-printing.

Find here the final agenda.

Info Session

  1. Manufacturing processes for complex structures and geometries of magnets with efficient use of material – closing a gap between technology and market: Carlo Burkhardt (OBE) 
  2. RE-Magnets – Essential for future power generation, mobility and automation: Michael Krispin, (SIEMENS)
  3. RE-Magnet recycling process – Vicky Mann (University of Birmingham) 
  4. Metal Injection Molding of recycled NdFeB: Carlo Burkhardt (OBE)
  5. Lithography-based Metal Manufacturing: Gerald Mitteramskogler (Lithoz) 
  6. Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing for Production of Metal Parts (University of Leoben) 

Panel discussion with

· Leonard Ansorge, RockLink GmbH (Düsseldorf, Germany)

· Stefan Möwius, BEC Gesellschaft für Produktmanagement mbH (Moers, Germany)

· Harald Sander-Röttcher, Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG (Wedemark, Germany)

· Dr. Marcel Weil, ITAS Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis, KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany)

· Farouk Tedjar, Grenoble INP LEPMI (Grenoble, France).

During the Workshop, participants will have the chance to learn more about the new REProMag production route and the overall project achievements. They will also have the opportunity to discover first prototypes developed as well as to participate on the debate on circular economy and RE-magnetic materials in the frame of a panel discussion.

To secure your place in the workshop, you can send the REProMag team a request using the form here.

For more information on the project, please visit the REProMag website or contact the coordinator Prof. Dr. Carlo Burkhardt at