o.d.t. Engineering will work with Netanya Plasmatec to develop and commercialise in-line homogenisation technology for existing and new casting facilities.

Potential markets for the improved machine include South East Asia, Taiwan, China and Russia. Early results show the technology eliminates the need for the conventional homogenisation process - a current heat treatment process essential to enabling the mechanical properties of aluminium.

o.d.t. Engineering is a producer of semi-continuous casting lines for aluminium billets and slabs. Netanya Plasmatec is known for its work in aluminium casting with products already used in the automotive industry.

If successful, the new process would reduce the cost of creating aluminium billets by up to 30% and reduce energy consumption by up to 90%.