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Kazakh Autonomous Cluster Fund and UK Metalysis announce Metal Additive Manufacturing Partnership

By 25th May 2017Newest



  • Kazakhstan’s Autonomous Cluster Fund (Almaty Tech Garden), and UK solid-state metal and alloy technology company Metalysis sign agreement live in Astana to develop high value metals and alloys for additive manufacturing;
  • Partners will conduct a programme using Metalysis’ electrochemical process at its South Yorkshire, UK Materials Discovery Centre; and
  • Programme to support developing Kazakhstan’s metal additive manufacturing industry, basing in-country efforts within Kazakhstan’s Park of Innovative Technologies – a science and technology complex aimed at diversifying national, economic and industrial development.

The Autonomous Cluster Fund of Kazakhstan (the “Fund”) and Metalysis (“Metalysis”), of the United Kingdom (together the “Partners”), today signed a metal additive manufacturing partnership live in Astana. Company representatives and UK and Kazakh Government officials attended the signing ceremony.

The Partners will use Metalysis’ electrochemical process – a disruptive technology for solid-state metals and novel alloys production – to develop metals and bespoke alloy powders suitable for additive manufacturing, in pursuit of diversifying the Republic of Kazakhstan’s economy.

Initially, an R&D programme will be conducted at Metalysis’ new Materials Discovery Centre, within South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Park Innovation District.

Subject to its findings, the Partners will then seek to develop Kazakhstan’s metal additive manufacturing industry, basing their efforts within the Autonomous Cluster Fund’s Park of Innovative Technologies; weighing opportunities for in-country production of metal alloy powders and printing commercial products using additive manufacturing techniques.

The Park of Innovative Technologies, heralded as Kazakhstan’s ‘Silicon Valley’, is focal point for the national adoption of a capability-led approach to economic and industrial diversification.

Kazakhstan is well placed to prosper from the development of in-country metal additive manufacturing. The sector is a natural fit within a sustained development programme of economic and industrial frameworks, which can build on the country’s geological endowment and know-how in natural resource extraction.

Commenting on the partnership:

Sanzhar Kettebekov, CEO of Autonomous Cluster Fund (Almaty Tech Garden), said: “For the purposes of adhering to the priorities outlined in the President’s Address, we are working to grow new industries with the use of digital technologies. Our cooperation with Metalysis is aimed to develop Kazakhstan’s industry sector in the field of metal additives production. “We are delighted to have established such a partnership, which will contribute to the diversification of the economy of Kazakhstan.”

Dr. Malek Deifallah, Director of Business Development at Metalysis, said: “This is an exciting time for Metalysis. We are very pleased to partner with the Autonomous Cluster Fund, and together pursue the clear opportunities Kazakhstan presents for metal alloy powder production and additive manufacturing. We look forward to providing future updates as we go about applying our unique know how and technology.”

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