TWI wins 'Business Weekly' award for International Trade


Business Weekly’s 25 Year celebration at Queens’ College, Cambridge, last night (Tuesday) culminated in an awards ceremony to recognise those individuals and businesses that have over the past year made a significant contribution to the region’s success. TWI is proud to have been named International Trade Champion, and received the award from the new Head of UKTI East, Alan Pain.


Introduced by British Cycling’s Tony Purnell, a former Cambridge award winner, and presided over by the mastermind of Business Weekly, Tony Quested, the evening also saw the introduction of the Kate Gross Award for Social Enterprise, and its presentation to Ann Cotton, founder of Camfed.

On receiving the International Trade Award on behalf of TWI, Christoph Wiesner, TWI Chief Executive said: ‘It is great to be recognised by industry peers in this way and a fitting reward for TWI staff all over the world who have worked so hard to ensure our success in the last few years.’

The Business Weekly Awards were judged by a selection panel of 24 led by Mills & Reeve’s Ian Mather. This year’s winners were:

Startup of the Year: Simprints

Cambridge Graduate Business of the Year: GeoSpock

Disruptive Technology: Undosoft

Wireless Innovation: CCS

Engineering Excellence: Hexcel

International Trade Champion: TWI

Life Science Innovation: Mission Therapeutics

Cambridge Torchbearer Award: Sepura plc

Business of the Year: Horizon Discovery

TWI’s vision is to maximise opportunity for its Industrial Members through successful technology development and in delivering world-class advice and advances in materials engineering and joining technologies. Its international member companies make up over 50% of its membership base, and the company operates from five UK and twelve international offices.

TWI experts are responsible for establishing world Standards, developing new techniques, applying skill in test technologies to discover why joints and structures fail, and optimising conditions for continued safe operation.

Demand is increasing, widening TWI operations – taking knowledge to regions and ensuring greater competency through training and professional qualification. The company’s expansion includes the completion of new facilities in Malaysia, and for the National Structural Integrity Research Centre – a pioneering industry-led postgraduate education base for research and innovation, developing the next generation of industry specialists.

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About TWI

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 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.


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18 March 2015


TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation with a focus on materials, engineering and manufacturing.