Chief Executive of TWI, Christoph Wiesner, and staff from TWI South East Asia have given the Malaysian Government Minister of Works Datuk Fadillah Yusof and the Chief Executive of the Malaysian Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Dato’ Sri Judin Karim a warm reception at the company’s Cambridge headquarters. The Minister visited the UK for a series of tours to leading research and technology organisations – affirming existing associations and conducting discussions on a new phase of co-operation.
TWI welcomes a delegation from the Ministry of Works, Malaysia
Building on a successful collaboration formed in the early 2000s between TWI South East Asia and the government-run Malaysian Construction Academy (Akademi Binaan Malaysia), this new series of discussions focused on advanced skills to further develop Malaysian human capital.
Following presentations by Christoph Wiesner and Tat-Hean Gan, Technology Director of the new National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), the Malaysian Minister of Works led a discussion on his government’s strategy for advanced skills progression, focusing on integrity and assuring the quality of testing and inspection.
The Minister spoke about the opportunity to develop an enhanced programme of work for training and certification and academic excellence with equal co-operation between the Construction Industry Development Board, the National Metals Technology Centre (NAMTEQ), TWI and NSIRC. He noted that such an initiative would hold ‘definite potential’ for his country.
During the day, the delegation visited TWI’s materials joining and engineering laboratories, and viewed the construction progress of the new facilities at TWI, which have at its core the new NSIRC laboratories and amenities.
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TWI in Malaysia
TWI has been offering training, examinations and certification in Malaysia for over 30 years. Its South East Asia regional office, which also offers engineering and technology services, is based in Kuala Lumpur. TWI South East Asia will move to new purpose-built headquarters in Kuala Lumpur the late summer of 2014.
TWI South East Asia offers a complete catalogue of training courses in welding, inspection and related technologies, also operating four centres in conjunction with the Malaysian Construction Academy (Akademi Binaan Malaysia/ABM in Johor, Sarawak, Sabah and Selangor.
In 2013, TWI strengthened its relationship with GIATMARA Malaysia – a partnership that has enabled the training and qualification across the country of teams of instructors in basic and advanced welding skills. This is one of the initiatives reinforcing the national idea of creating opportunity by providing first-class learning environments and offering continuous support for individual and life-long development. TWI is also working closely with the Malaysian Felda Foundation to train younger students in welding, blasting operating techniques and non-destructive testing.
TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies.
Established at Abington, Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with facilities across the globe, the company has a first-class reputation for service through its teams of internationally respected consultants, scientists, engineers and support staff.
The company employs over nearly 900 staff, serving 700 Member companies across 4500 sites in 80 countries. TWI also houses a professional institution, The Welding Institute, with a separate membership of over 6000 individuals.
TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation with a focus on materials, engineering and manufacturing.