Lens and Microlens & Magnetic Gears

Technological solutions for the car of the future



The CELINOV Project is part of the “Supplier’s Club” Initiative, more specifically the Bosch Supplier’s Club, resulting from a partnership between Bosch and the University of Minho, in close articulation with the Portuguese Government.

This initiative aims as main goal to develop a network of competitive national suppliers, able to develop a value chain, to ensure the supply of components and services effectively and efficiently in a consistent and sustained way. It is also intended that the capacitation of national suppliers can meet the needs of Bosch sustainable growth in the coming years and helping Portugal to reduce its imports and increase its exports.

Preferably oriented to the automotive sector, the CELINOV project includes 2 research lines, within advanced manufacturing and high added-value products, as follows: Lenses and Micro-lenses, and Magnetic Gears.

Project main goals

CELINOV Project aims the development and research of technological solutions for the manufacture of components, relevant for the car industry of the future. The challenges to which the CELINOV Project intends to respond are related to the development of new design and manufacturing methodologies, as well as advanced technological solutions for injection moulding processing and quality control that allows the acquisition of plastic components with specific optical and magnetic properties.

The Lens and Micro-lenses research lines, includes four thematic development areas: development of parts, mould design and manufacturing, injection moulding, inspection and control.

Within the Magnetic gears research line, the intention is to generate critical knowledge and new technological competences in this area, in order to develop parts with specific magnetization profiles, without relying on the overmoulding process.

The main goals of the CELINOV Project are:

Development of a production process, capable of manufacturing thermoplastic parts of complex geometry and with functional optical properties and which allows the detection of defects;

Acquisition of critical knowledge in the field of electromagnetism and magnetic moulding of components and moulds;

Development of a production process [material + production cell (mould + magnetizing system)] capable of producing parts according to predefined specifications (geometry, mechanical and thermal properties, material type, magnetizing profile, remaining magnetic field, magnetic flux density, etc.);

Comparison of three magnetization methods, using coils and power supply, permanent magnets integrated in the mould and magnetization after injection;

Fabrication of an injection mould with magnetizing system;

Production of prototype parts with improved optical and magnetic properties;

Development of a quality inspection system suitable to the product specifications.


The project consortium brings together renowned promoters with the necessary complementary competences to pursue the project’s objectives: Celoplás – Plásticos para a Indústria S.A. (leader promoter), INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory and CeNTI – Centre for Nanotechnology and Technical and Intelligent Materials.


2 Research Lines


Magnetic Parts

News & Events

BOSCH Sensible Car

BOSCH Sensible Car

The consortium of the CELINOV Project presented on April 28 at the Azúrem Campus of the University of Minho, the first results of the CELINOV Project.

BOSCH Easy Ride

BOSCH Easy Ride

The Celinov Project was presented at the Easy Ride event, which was organized by Bosch car Multimedia on the 9th and 10th of November 2021, at the Altice Forum in Braga. The Consortium released the results achieved at the time of the event at a stand, demonstrating the first prototype samples and their preliminary characterization. […]



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