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Contract signifies a pivotal milestone in AMS’ maturity

Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. (AMS),a leading innovator in additive manufacturing solutions and SME, proudly announces its ground-breaking 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 to empower the MOD with enhanced knowledge of and control over current and future material sourcing strategies.

For AMS, this milestone contract with the MOD 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 defence industry players.

AMS Director & CEO Rob Higham remarked, “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 commercialise 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 honour and a testament to the efforts of the entire AMS team.”

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.

DESA’s Submarine Recycling, Sustainability & Innovation Programme Manager Thomas Powell commented on this award: “This innovative technical feasibility study, to be delivered by Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd., is another confident step forwards 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, maximising operational availability and enabling MOD to capitalise on and exploit new and emerging technologies for maximum operational advantage.”

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

This partnership exemplifies AMS’ commitment to innovation and sustainability, while also fortifying the MOD’s strategic vision for a robust and self-reliant
supply chain.

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