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About Us 

In 1972 Richard Livingstone and Gerry Allen formed the Aluminium Brazing Company (ABCO) to offer a facility to Aluminium Salt Bath Dip Braze clients ‘Free Issue Components’.  
 
The company ABCO prospered and in 1982 acquired the CNC Milling and CNC Turning company Miller Tools and Instruments (Mti). In 1986 ABCO established the Advanced Microwave Laboratory to RF Design, Manufacture and RF Test Microwave Components. In 1992 these three companies were brought together in one factory under the trading name of Mti Limited. 
In 1998, Mti Limited, was procured by a Management Buyout Team led by Bill Costello and a new company named Mti(1998) Ltd was formed. In the year 2003 the first satellite factory was established in Kings Langley and more recently in 2012 a second satellite factory adjacent to the original Kings Langley Factory was procured for anticipated future expansion. 
 
Currently Mti employs sixty staff, with forty-five employed at the Watford Site and fifteen employed at the Kings Langley Site. 
Aerospace Manufacturing Magazine Article - July 2013 
 
MTI (1998) Expandss with the help of Matchmaker VMCs 
MTI (1998) has built its reputation and business success on the back of the labour intensive, and expensive, specialism of aluminium salt bath dip brazing, but this has allowed it to expand its manufacturing operations into areas that on their own may not be a viable proposition in the UK. 
 
Chairman and managing Director Bill Costello (pictured) is quite forthright in his view of machining parts for the aerospace and defence industries that make up 85% of MTI’s turnover: “Customers do not and will not source machined parts in the UK without some form of added value. This is why the salt bath dip brazing process that we provide in the manufacture of Electronic Chassis and Liquid Cooled Cold Plates for aircraft and military applications has played such a vital role in our success.” 
 
 
Engineering Capacity Magazine Article - August 2013 
 
Brazing Expertise Expands Options 
 
Success in its speciality of hot dip brazing has allowed MTI (1998) to grow its CNC machining business. Aluminium salt bath dip brazing is labour intensive and expensive, but ask MTI’s chairman and managing director Bill Costello says: “Customers do not and will not source machined parts in the UK without some form of added value. This is why the salt bath dip brazing process that we provide in the manufacture of electronic chassis and liquid cooled cold plates for aircraft and military applications has played such a vital role in our success.” 
 
 
Aerospace Manufacturing online - May 2016 
 
Expansion in 2016 
 
Watford-based manufacturer MTI (1998) has completed a significant expansion after receiving a £85,000 financial package from Lloyds Bank, helping to create seven new jobs.  
 
 
 
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