TWI has its headquarters in Abington, Cambridgeshire, and was formed in 1922 as the Institute of Welding Engineers. It went through a number of iterations before becoming The Welding Institute (TWI) in 1968. It is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, with 3500 Industrial members and expertise in materials joining and engineering processes as applied in industry. It has 5 regional centres in the UK, including the TWI Technology Centre in Wales (specialising in non-destructive testing (NDT)), and numerous international branches.
TWI has been supporting the exploration of space through delivery of advanced technologies for more than three decades.
TWI has developed precision welding techniques and coating technologies that meet the extremely exacting demands of the sector, working to minute tolerances. The Company’s technology has landed on the surface of Saturn’s moon, Titan, sealed the external fuel tank of the Space Shuttle, provided the means by which the two halves of the Orion crew exploration vehicle are joined together and continues to support the sector and the new global space companies expanding the boundaries of space exploration.
The TWI Technology Centre in Wales offers truly World-class state-of-the-art facilities for research, development and application of NDT techniques which have direct application for the space sector. Similarly its advanced welding and coating technologies have been used for space applications for more than three decades for assemblies requiring extreme tolerances.