The Autonomous Cluster Fund of Kazakhstan and Metalysis, of the United Kingdom, have signed an agreement to develop high value metals and alloys for additive manufacturing. Representatives of both groups along with Kazakh and UK government officials attended the signing ceremony this week in Astana.

Together, the partners will use Metalysis’ electrochemical process, which is a disruptive technology for solid-state metals and novel alloys production, to develop metals and bespoke alloy powders suitable for additive manufacturing, thus diversifying Kazakhstan’s economy.

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

Subject to its findings, the partners will then seek to build Kazakhstan’s metal additive manufacturing industry. They will base 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 program of economic and industrial frameworks, which can build on the country’s geological endowment and know-how in natural resource extraction.

Autonomous Cluster Fund CEO Sanzhar Kettebekov said, “We are working to grow new industries with the use of digital technologies. Our cooperation with Metalysis aims 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.”

Metalysis’ director of business development Dr Malek Deifallah 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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