City firms secure Far East contract

Pictured (left to right): Simon Dunkley and father John, founder of Atomising Systems with Andy Chaffer, business director of South Yorkshire Investment Fund, when the organisation, now part of Finance Yorkshire, invested in the Sheffield firm.
Pictured (left to right): Simon Dunkley and father John, founder of Atomising Systems with Andy Chaffer, business director of South Yorkshire Investment Fund, when the organisation, now part of Finance Yorkshire, invested in the Sheffield firm.
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Two Sheffield companies have won a major contract with a Far Eastern client, following a multi-million pound research investment.

Metal powders technology company Atomising Systems and specialist engineers MEC Electrical Contracting are poised to install a unique system for producing powdered metals for an unnamed client.

The plant is the result of a three-year collaboration that involved going back to first principles to develop a new atomising process.

Simon Dunkley, managing director of Atomising Systems – also known as ASL – said: “ASL has made its reputation on a commitment to innovative research and development.

“In 2010 our company was approached by a major client to develop a unique atomising system from first principles. Over the last three years we worked with MEC in three distinct phases, learning from each phase as we developed the atomising processes, all of which have been very technically demanding.”

MEC’s managing director, Phil Slater, added: “We are showcasing our abilities at the cutting-edge of technology.

“ASL required an extensive electrical installation programme. As we have been in uncharted territory, we have been prototyping systems and processes, learning together in a close collaboration and working to the highest standards to meet the client’s needs.

“We will be onsite in mid-May to establish site services for production. The full install in summer 2013 is the culmination of nearly two years of work.

“We consider ASL to be market leading in the field and are proud to be collaborating and helping fly the flag for British innovation world-wide.”

ASL was established in 1992 to develop technology to produce metal powders or granules by a process called “atomisation”, which involves forcing molten metal through a nozzle using gas or water to break it up into small droplets.

The company has also developed atomising systems that use ultrasonics, oil and centrifugal force to produce tiny metal droplets that solidify into powders.

ASL has supplied more than 130 plants for metal powder atomisation to companies in 35 countries on six continents.