The discovery

Metalysis’ story began in 1997 at the Materials Science and Metallurgy Department, University of Cambridge, UK.

While researching the use of electrolysis in titanium purification, the lightbulb moment occurred for a team led by Professor Derek Fray.

Fray’s team discovered a new way to convert titanium oxide back into its pure metal form. Subsequent tests proved the discovery and results were published in September 2000 (Letters to Nature; Volume 47).

Named after its founders, the discovery became known as the “FFC” process and went on to form the black box behind Metalysis’ technology, in combination with pre-forming and post-processing innovations.

By 2005, Metalysis had moved to South Yorkshire and the commercial journey began

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Professor Derek Fray

Path to commercialisation

2004

2004

VC Concept at the University of Cambridge

2005

2005

Moved to South Yorkshire, with Yorkshire Forward Funding

2005 to 2006

2005 to 2006

R&D function established with £5m

2006

2006

BHP Billiton becomes an investor at c. 6%

2006

2006

Centralised ownership of IP

2007

2007

Metalysis raised £8m

2009 to 2012

2009 to 2012

Metalysis raised £30m

2014

2014

Metalysis raised £12m from Iluka Resources

2014

2014

Douglas Caster of FTSE 250 Ultra Electronics joins as Chairman

2014 to Present

2014 to Present

Significant R&D collaborations

2016

2016

Metalysis raised £22m from Iluka and the Woodford Patient Capital Trust

2017

2017

Metalysis MaterialDiscovery Centre

Introducing Generation 5

Metalysis’ next phase of technological expansion, Generation 5 (“Gen 5”) will provide for annual production of hundreds and multiple thousands of tonnes.

Consisting of multiple modular Gen 4 units, Gen 5 can be designed to retrofit into an existing industrial site, for example steelworks infrastructure, offering highly profitable, niche multi-metal alloy powder production capability.

It is the scale at which Metalysis could offer distributed manufacturing options, in line with the Factory-of-the-Future vision.

Gen 5 can

  • Massively increase site profitability compared with previous usage, such as steelworks

  • Minimise environmental footprint from metals production and greatly reduce this compared with traditional production methods

  • Utilise existing workforce skillsets for metals production in areas of industrial significance for the UK

  • Safeguard jobs which could otherwise be at risk as the UK domestic metals production industry changes

Gen 1 to Gen 5 engineering scale-up

Metalysis has scaled up its technology to target Gen 5, benefitting from its modular nature:

GEN 1

2001 – 2003

R&D Proof of concept

Grammes production

Research Proven

GEN 2

2003 – 2009

Technical demonstrator

Kilogrammes production

Development Proven

GEN 3

2010 – 2014

Commercial demonstrator

Tonnes production

Production Proven

GEN 4

2015 – 2017

Industrial scale production

10s Tonnes’ production
Installation underway

GEN 5

2018 +

Distributed production

100s – 1,000s Tonnes’ production

Our process operates at lower temperature and lower energy consumption than traditional technologies