TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation which was established in 1946. Bases in the UK, North America, South East Asia, China, Australia, Central Asia, India and the Middle East see 800 staff provide technical support in joining and technologies such as material science, structural integrity, NDT, surfacing, electronic packaging and cutting. Services include generic research, contract R&D, technical information, consultancy, standards drafting, training and qualification. TWI offers a single, impartial source of service for joining engineering materials.
Knowhow within TWI covers materials properties and applications (ferrous and non-ferrous metals, polymers, ceramics, advanced composites, structural integrity, fracture, design and NDT), joining, fabricating and assembling technologies (welding and cutting processes, surface engineering, brazing, soldering, adhesive bonding, additive manufacture, electronic packaging) and manufacturing (project management, decision support, manufacturing systems, health and safety, quality assurance).
An international training and examinations programme sees around 25,000 students trained each year in welding and inspection technologies, while TWI also has three state-of-the-art laboratories at its Cambridge headquarters for the National Structural Integrity Research Centre, a dedicated postgraduate centre for industry-led engineering research.
TWI undertakes contract R&D in confidence for both industry and governments. It can offer individual experts or teams to help solve problems of all kinds related to materials joining. It will send its specialists anywhere in the world at short notice on troubleshooting missions.
TWI is internationally renowned for its multidisciplinary teams that implement established or advanced joining technology solving problems at any stage – from initial design, materials selection, production and quality assurance, through service performance and repair.
Mrs Catherine Condie