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Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. enters collaboration with UK Ministry of Defence

Revolutionizing the UK defense supply chain through circular economics and additive manufacturing

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Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. (AMS) has entered a collaboration with the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) to research the technical feasibility of recovering critical materials from surplus Defence Assets. This partnership marks the first phase of a project aimed at empowering the MOD with enhanced knowledge of and control over current and future material sourcing strategies.

For AMS, this milestone contract with the UK Ministry of Defence signifies a significant shift towards fostering a sustainable and resilient UK-centric supply chain. Notably this agreement highlights AMS’ capabilities and more importantly, underscores the alignment of its vision with major defense industry players.

“AMS has tirelessly built momentum and expertise within the additive powder market with a sharp focus on providing recycled feedstocks. This agreement represents the next phase in our mission to commercialize recycled materials within the additive manufacturing feedstock market. It stands as a crowning achievement in AMS’ history. Supporting the MOD in addressing critical mineral accessibility and capability is an honor and a testament to the efforts of the entire AMS team,” said Rob Higham, Director and CEO of AMS.

This engagement will support the MOD’s efforts to enable a resilient UK-based supply chain exercising direct influence over the supply of vital minerals including titanium to the UK market. This initiative champions a high-value circular economy approach to feedstock sourcing positioning the MOD at the nucleus of future supply dynamics.

“This innovative technical feasibility study to be delivered by Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. is another confident step forward on MOD’s sustainability and circular economy journey. It is a delight to be able to partner with Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. and UK Strategic Command Defence Support to advance the MOD’s understanding as to whether redundant and surplus Defence Assets can be upcycled into new capabilities thereby reducing costs, increasing resiliency, maximizing operational availability and enabling MOD to capitalize on and exploit new and emerging technologies for maximum operational advantage,” said Thomas Powell, Submarine Recycling Sustainability and Innovation Programme Manager at DESA.

The initial phase of this collaboration will encompass a comprehensive capability assessment for the MOD incorporating trials of atomization additive manufacturing feasibility and exploration of future materials. AMS aims to deliver demonstrative geometry utilizing recycled feedstocks through collaboration with a significant MOD supplier. The outcome will advance towards subsequent phases focusing on material qualification and industrialization.

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