Mr Rodney Smith – Chairman – is pleased to announce the collaboration efforts of Intelligent Electric Motor Solutions Pty Ltd and The University of Adelaide – School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the awarding of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project Grant. The Research Grant is directed to the: Innovative Design of Soft Magnetic Composite Brushless Permanent Magnet Motors with Enhanced Characteristics and Manufacturing Advantages for Commercial Applications. The Chief Investigator for this Grant from the University of Adelaide is Dr Nesimi Ertugrul and he recently stated: “The importance and relevance of R&D in this area relates directly to the poor efficiencies of fixed-speed motors, the manufacturing cost and low efficiency of conventional variable speed motor drive systems, and the increasing demand for, and cost of electricity in industrialized countries. These factors exacerbated by complex stator winding requirements in conventional lamination machines and an excessive defect rate commonly caused by stator winding failures”. Mr Smith acknowledged the importance that independent, third party validation plays in attracting credible investors and manufacturers into this technology. He said: “Whilst our motor designs have progressed to prototype models, it is the limited low volume manufactured model runs planned in conjunction with the University of Adelaide that will validate the quality and quantity of improvement achievable by this technology”.