Rotherham based Metalysis is powering up a world-first commercial plant at its Materials Manufacturing Centre in Wath.
The Generation 4 project was mechanically completed in 2017 and has since undergone hot commissioning, trial runs, optimisation and handover to Operations. The handover signifies Metalysis’ transition into commercial production following more than a decade of phased technology development. Gen4 is the first facility to take Metalysis’ solid-state, modular, electrochemical process to industrial scale and can produce tens-to-hundreds of tonnes per annum of high value, niche and master alloys. The modularity of the technology offers further benefits. Unlike most supply sources for niche alloys, Metalysis’ Gen4 plant can offer a wide range of order quantities. Throughout phased expansions, the technology has also presented opportunities to reduce all-in costs and environmental footprints compared to traditional, melting production routes. Gen4 expresses the modularity benefits at industrial scale. “In powering up and operating our industrial plant, Metalysis is poised to achieve its target to generate significant profits from our new South Yorkshire production facility,” Dr. Dion Vaughan, Chief Executive Officer, said. “Ours is a true British success story with international implications. Metalysis has grown from the ‘lightbulb moment’ at Cambridge University in the late-1990s, relocated to South Yorkshire to benefit from regional excellence in operational skill-sets in the early-2000s, and now onwards towards a bright commercial future.” “We share this achievement with a number of partners, notably our plant-builder, K Home International, and our shareholders who have supported the journey.”