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Metalysis welcomes MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) as Gen4 customer

posted 18 Mar 2019, 07:20 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 18 Mar 2019, 07:21 ]
Rotherham based Metalysis has announced the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), 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.

It is the first facility of its kind in the world and 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."