Soft magnetic composites

Soft magnetic composites

– enabling more efficient electromagnetic designs

Do you want to design and produce more compact, high-performance electromagnetic components?

The intensifying electrification trend in the automotive industry along with calls for high-efficiency, low-cost industrial applications will drive the demand for energy- and cost-efficient electromagnetic components. Electromagnetic components of soft magnetic composite (SMC) materials play a fundamental role in this conversion, making it possible to manufacture more compact and cost-efficient motor and inductor solutions compared to using traditional designs.

SMC materials are made of iron powder particles coated with an electrically insulating layer and can be formed into complex shapes by means of powder metallurgy, thereby allowing three-dimensional magnetic circuit design. 

The main benefits of soft magnetic composite solutions for both motor design and production processes are: 

  • Compact design – both size and weight of the components can be reduced
  • High performance – can meet the highest efficiency requirements
  • Excellent cost efficiency – the compact designs require less material and enable simple net shaping production process with minimum waste and reduced need for subsequent operations

Höganäs offers design services in combination with a wide range of soft magnetic composite materials with unique 3D flux properties, ideal for new motor designs. Electromagnetic components made from our soft magnetic composite materials can provide unique values to a number of electric applications for automotive as well as industrial use.

Our soft magnetic composites can be used in a wide range of different applications such as: 


  • Traction motors
  • Air conditioning compressors
  • Pumps (cooling, oil, etc.)
  • DC/DC converters
  • On-vehicle chargers 


  • Air conditioning compressors
  • Ventilation fans
  • Solar power
  • Industrial motor drives
  • Off-board battery charging

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Customer Development Centre
– where it all comes together

The Customer Development Centre represents the heart of our application development carried out by the most knowledgeable researchers in close collaboration with our customers. Here, more than anywhere else, we are seeking new ways to advance both existing and new applications.

Our services range from straightforward prototyping or mechanical testing to complete Soft Magnetic Composites application development where support encompasses application design, material selection, and process solutions.

Full service for electromagnetic applications

Our range of capabilities provides market support in areas such as application development, material selection, training and prototyping. It enables effective partnerships in dedicated application projects providing support on application design using FEA analysis, production optimisation, and the building and testing of new electromagnetic applications.

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