Japanese-based NTT DATA XAM TECHNOLOGIES (XAM) and Alloyed, the trading name of OxMet Technologies Ltd, Oxford, UK, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the companies collaborate to expand the Additive Manufacturing market in Japan.
Founded in 2020, XAM offers comprehensive support for Additive Manufacturing and covers a range of services which include machine sales, technical support, consulting relating to AM, application development for AM, material development and contract manufacturing of AM parts.
Alloyed owns and operates a suite of technologies for Additive Manufacturing including the ABD® alloy design and development platform and the Betatype stack of technologies for process and design control. Working together, these technologies can extract transformational cost and performance improvements from additive components, unlocking the full potential of AM in a range of industries.
In January, Alloyed completed a £10.7 million (¥1.4 billion) equity funding round in which JX Mining and Metals, based in Japan, was a major investor, and last year it announced the release of ABD®-900AM, said to be the world’s first public high-temperature nickel alloy designed bottom-up for the demands of Additive Manufacturing. Additionally, in April it also announced the opening of an office in Tokyo to support its existing Japanese customers and seek further opportunities in the Japanese market.
According to the companies, the MoU anticipates a collaboration under which XAM would become a preferred manufacturer of components based on ABD-900AM and other ABD alloys. The two companies will also offer fine-featured additively manufactured components to a range of Japanese markets.
“OxMet Technologies and Betatype are leading European companies in the area of advanced material and advanced engineering for the Additive Manufacturing field and we are truly honoured to be able to establish collaboration with Alloyed including these two leading-edge companies while the expectations for Additive Manufacturing are getting higher in Japan,” stated Hitoshi Sakai, CTO of NTT DATA XAM TECHNOLOGIES.
“Although AM remains a developing technology, we are expecting that the joint and collaborative application of the competitive advantages of each company– material knowledge, process know-how, engineering skill – can create a new era of applications which fulfil the maximum potential of Additive Manufacturing,” continued Sakai.
“With the continuous launch of leading-edge applications for Additive Manufacturing as the core business, we will devote our best efforts toward the improvement and the further spread of AM technologies to the extent that AM becomes an established manufacturing process.”
Michael Holmes, CEO of Alloyed, commented, “We have been seeking a dynamic partner with broad market access with whom we could collaborate in Japan, and NDES has the ideal attributes: an ambitious management team with strong corporate backing, extensive experience in additive manufacture, a range of industrial customers, and strong connections in many of the industries in which we think Additive Manufacturing has revolutionary potential.”
Holmes added, “Together, we hope we can fulfil the potential of Additive Manufacturing to bring game-changing performance enhancements, more responsive supply chains, huge potential for customisation, and rapid product development to a range of 21st century industries.”