- Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (“Dstl”) announced as customer from Metalysis’ recently completed Generation 4 (“Gen4”) industrial scale plant
- Dstl order concerns titanium powder alloys, one of Metalysis’ two Gen4 launch products (the other being an aluminium-scandium master alloy)
Metalysis (or “the Company”), the UK technology company with a solid-state process to produce valuable powder alloys, is pleased to announce that the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), has become a customer through the Materials for Strategic Advantage research programme.
The order for titanium powder is the first that Metalysis has announced from its industrial plant, known as Gen4, housed within its Materials Manufacturing Centre in Wath upon Dearne, South Yorkshire.
Gen4 recently commenced commercial production. It is the first facility of its kind in the world.
Metalysis has spent more than a decade developing its technology from a Cambridge University breakthrough, to today providing industrial scale production for international aerospace, automotive, additive and advanced manufacturing applications.
In Q4, 2018, the Company successfully produced both of its intended Gen4 launch products: Titanium family alloys and an aluminium-scandium master alloy. Achieving this within the plant’s first quarter of commercial operation has demonstrated the flexibility Metalysis’ technology has in producing, and switching between multiple periodic table elements to generate demand driven, advanced alloys on a Just-in-Time basis.
Metalysis and Dstl are also partners on the FASTforge project. Led by The University of Sheffield, FASTforge offers a new, cost effective route to produce aerospace grade titanium alloys.
Dr. Dion Vaughan, Metalysis CEO, said:
“Naturally, we are pleased to welcome Dstl as the first announced customer from our newly operating industrial plant.
“Commencing production from Gen4 marked a positive outcome following years of technological development. Dstl is a global leader in recognising and supporting scientific breakthroughs, and an ideal customer for Metalysis.
“We look forward to continuing to work together. Separately, we anticipate reporting positive outcomes from other customer discussions in coming months.”
Metalysis is a UK technology company, headquartered in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, with a solid-state process to produce valuable metal alloy powders primarily used in aerospace, automotive and additive manufacturing applications.
The process, originally invented at The University of Cambridge and commercialised by Metalysis, is more environmentally friendly and energy efficient than traditional melting technologies.
With commercial partners in industry and academia, Metalysis uses its process to produce titanium alloys and niche, high performance alloys of demand driven by advanced manufacturing industries.
The Company’s Generation 4 (“Gen4”) technological expansion, carried out in 2018, saw Metalysis achieve industrial scale advanced alloy powder production.
Metalysis is a Northern Powerhouse Corporate Partner.
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) works to apply cutting-edge science and technology (S&T) to keep UK Armed Forces, and the British people, protected from harm.
Dstl is an executive agency of MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with six sites: at Porton Down, near Salisbury; Portsdown West, near Portsmouth; Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks; Sandridge, near St Albans; Langhurst, near Horsham; and, Alverstoke, near Gosport. Dstl works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas.