REProMag concept and objectives
Our lives become more and more dependent on the use of RE-metals, especially the use of magnets made for use in applications such as smartphones, headphones, electric cars, micro-mechanical devices. However, Europe remains highly dependent on external sources of RE-metals since 80% of the manufactured RE-metals in 2010 were in China (only 3% in Europe) and some of the producing countries are reducing export licences. Therefore, there is a need for Europe to develop processes for the efficient use of these materials from sustainable sources.
REProMag offers a highly innovative combination of applied research, technology development and integration and demonstration of concept. The project will open up completely new perspectives for an efficient and innovative production of RE magnets, a sustainable utilisation of (critical) raw materials while enabling a shift of paradigms due to the radically new application fields where REProMag –complex shape & structure- RE magnets can be implemented. REProMag offers a comprehensive approach covering the complete life-cycle of RE magnets, from usage of 100% recycled feedstock, production of RE-magnets with complex geometries, to application in new fields and, lastly, the recycling process and new utilisation of raw materials.
Benefits and impacts
Thanks to its highly innovative developments, REProMag will bring non-negligible benefits and added value to end-users and technology adopters on many aspects.