'Cambridge News' recognises TWI in top 15 Cambridge businesses


At a reception at St Catharine’s College to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Cambridge News, held alongside business leaders from 125 successful organisations, the newspaper this week announced TWI’s place as one of the top 15 most influential businesses in the region.

An original spin-out from the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Department in the 1940s, TWI and its professional institution The Welding Institute established a base at Abington Hall on the outskirts of the city and have since delivered a continuous output of technical advances in materials engineering and joining technologies – critical to engineering design and industry practice across the globe.

TWI Director of Business Development, Reza Razmjoo, said:Cambridge is privileged to have such an inspiring history, which impacts on so many organisations. We are proud to be named as one of the top 15 companies and we value the advantages of this history and the commitment from our local authorities and business networks, which allows both new and established businesses like ours to grow to their full potential.’

TWI is responsible for establishing world Standards and Codes of Practice, developing new joining processes, such as friction stir welding, for multi-industry exploitation and applying its expertise to discover why welded joints and engineering structures fail.

The first organisation dedicated to welding and joining research, TWI has grown its business as a membership-based service, employing top engineers, materials scientists, chemists and physicists to create a respected world authority in improved engineering design. It has five laboratories in the UK and eight worldwide. Supported by its international training and examinations network, established in the 1960s, TWI takes technical and practical knowhow to regions looking for growth through skills development.

In 2015 it will open a postgraduate centre for structural integrity research at Abington, bringing together academic study and industry-driven project work – the latest phase in its work to transfer materials engineering and joining knowledge effectively into industry.

The top 15 most influential Cambridge companies were named by the Cambridge News as: ARM, Cambridge Consultants, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Cambridge University, Domino Printing Sciences, G’s, Marshall Group, MedImmune, Mills & Reeve, Napp Pharmaceuticals, Ridgeons, Sepura, The Cambridge Building Society, Turners, and TWI.

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