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Rotor Lab joins forces with Geodetica to drive local production of smart electric motors


21 Feb 2024

Rotor Lab is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Canberra-based consulting and engineering firm, Geodetica!

In addition to financial investment, Geodetica will provide our growing team with strategic advice and operational support – accelerating our vision to provide local and international clients with highly efficient, smart electric motors.

The relationship has come at a great time to support the next phase of our growth journey, and we’re delighted that Geodetica has recognised such potential in Rotor Lab.

Jason Vella, Managing Director of Geodetica, says the partnership is another way for Geodetica to help ensure Defence has access to the highest quality above and below the line support.

“Our goal is to help Rotor Lab achieve accelerated product development to high technology readiness levels, as well as to navigate the Defence capability lifecycle and integrate into the broader Defence supply chain.

“The opportunity for Defence to secure a reliable source for such a key autonomous vehicle component is compelling. Uncrewed aerial, ground and undersea vehicles all require electric motors to run, and Rotor Lab is supporting better local industry capability to the Australian war-fighter with its locally owned and manufactured products. The expansion of AUKUS also opens doors for Rotor Lab to support its progress through the export of dependable motors to the UK and US.

“Geodetica’s team has a wealth of experience working with the Department of Defence, which is expertise that Andrew and his team can tap into. By connecting Rotor Lab with the right people, we know Defence now has someone to talk to about developing motors for bespoke use cases and reducing reliance on overseas manufacturers.”

Rotor Lab specialises in the design and manufacture of electric motors used in autonomous systems, such as:

• drones

• land based robots

• undersea vehicles

They are ideal for use in Defence industry projects as well as non-defence industries such as agriculture, mining, border security, emergency services, and more. Our electric motor for multirotor aircraft has already secured a lot of interest from private drone companies, with our Canberra-based team and proprietary approach allowing us to rapidly produce custom motors at the lowest lead times with a particular focus on safety and powertrain integration.

Andrew Simpson, CEO of Rotor Lab, says the vast majority of electric motors are currently produced overseas and the quality can be hit and miss. Through local manufacturing, we seek to eliminate these issues while accelerating project delivery and bringing more jobs to the local economy.

“I’ve spent years working in electric propulsion, and motor design and manufacturing, and have been aware of the absence of a strong local capability for some time. Rotor Lab will help Australia grow its sovereign capability in electric motor manufacturing with fit-for-purpose solutions that meet our clients’ specific needs.

“As we are operating in the clean technology space, we also hope our efforts will serve to accelerate the electrification of Australian industry and lead to greater innovation and eco-friendly practices across various sectors.

“Our partnership with Geodetica is off to a great start and it already feels like we’re an extension of the team. They genuinely want to understand what we care about and how they can support us in delivering for clients. The mentoring and networks the partnership provides has instantly expanded our immediate opportunities, and we’re so excited to see what the future holds.”

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