EU launches European Raw Materials Alliance

A step in the right direction: EU launches European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA) to secure sustainable supply of critical raw materials to which the EU project SUSMAGPRO makes an important contribution

Permanent magnets based on rare earth elements are essential components of many high-tech products and of great importance for the green energy transition. Nevertheless, a large proportion of the respective raw materials currently needs to be imported to meet EU demand. As the main exporter, China dominates and controls the global market. With the launch of the European Raw Materials Alliance, the EU has now taken an important step to address this imbalance. One of the first items on the agenda is securing a sustainable supply of raw materials for the production of rare earth magnets. In this context, the EU project SUSMAGPRO makes an important contribution by developing a recycling supply chain and demonstrating the effective reuse of recycled materials within several industries.

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Picture: EU-Project SUSMAGPRO:
Magnets recycling with hydrogen in fast motion (HPMS) '
© Pforzheim University


The institute of polymer processing is responsible for the development, optimization and characterisation of polymer-NdFeB compounds for extrusion and injection moulding to be used in the production of sintered and bonded magnets.



SUSMAGPRO has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821114.


Prof. Carlo Burkhardt
Institute for Precious Metals and Technology, Pforzheim University