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History

CMT Plc was established in 2003 to refine and commercialise an innovative form of casting technology known as Advanced Liquid Pressure Forming (ALPF), a process developed by CMT Ltd specifically for the manufacture of aluminium matrix composite materials.

The original LPF technology, developed by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) for military applications at a cost of approximately £20 million, was subsequently licensed to CMT Ltd by the UK Government, in order to transfer the technology into civil markets. Since licensing the technology, CMT has created its own proprietary intellectual property, the ALPF process, which has superseded the MoD patent. The process enables continuous alumina fibre to be infiltrated with molten aluminium, creating a composite material with exceptional mechanical properties. The manufacturing process was augmented in 2016 with the successful development of hybrid-AMC, in which an aluminium component is selectively reinforced by AMC inserts, reducing cost by limiting the alumina reinforcement to those areas where high performance is required.

CMT was originally embedded inside QinetiQ’s Structures and Materials Centre on the Cody Technology Park in Farnborough, which was where the ALPF technology was developed. In 2007 CMT relocated to brand new industrial premises on the Prisma Business Park in Basingstoke. CMT’s premises comprise a two-storey office and three separate factory units. The factory units house CMT’s production equipment, materials evaluation and testing laboratories, secondary processing equipment, and research and development facilities.

  • Manufacturing & Materials Round 2 - Funded Project

    New volume production casting process for AMC-reinforced components

    CMT are delighted to have been awarded £1.6 million Innovate UK funded project with Ford UK and M Wright & Sons to aid the development of in-house gravity die o...

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  • New recruit!

    CMT are excited to announce more staff joining the AMC team

    Tom Fleet has joined CMT as a Graduate Materials Engineer. Tom will be working with the technical team, supporting the development of CMT’s materials. Tom has recen...

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CMT, which is made up of CMT Plc and its subsidiary CMT Ltd, is an advanced materials technology group.

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Composite Metal Technology Ltd
Prisma Business Park, 3 Berrington Way
Wade Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire
RG24 8GT, United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)1256 477 741
F: +44 (0)1256 477 751
E: sales@cmt-ltd.com

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