LEP deal launches plans for a new large-scale test facility at TWI


Plans to expand TWI capabilities in large-scale engineering testing were boosted this week when the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) awarded the organisation £1.75 million from the Government’s Growth Deal to develop new capabilities at its laboratories at Granta Park, Cambridge.


In a deal to complement recent Regional Growth Funding, which allowed three new buildings to be established at TWI’s South Cambridgeshire site, the agreement with the LEP will allow modification and refurbishment of an existing building and the introduction of specialist fabrication and testing equipment. These facilities will enable the development of technology for the fabrication of complex structures and the testing of larger pipes and components for the organisation’s international base of Industrial Members, which includes well-known oil and gas, power generation and aerospace companies.

Neil Darwin, Chief Executive of Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP said: ‘TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, focusing on manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies. This new investment will help it stay at the forefront of technology development, through the purchasing of specialist fabrication and testing equipment and the creation of this cutting-edge facility. We look forward to seeing work getting underway very soon.’

Chief Executive of TWI, Christoph Wiesner, said: ‘We are delighted that the Local Enterprise Partnership is supporting the expansion of our operations. This refurbishment will update a historic laboratory and allow us to offer a complete testing service for new and existing Members.’

As part of the deal, TWI will also run a technology transfer programme for small and medium sized enterprises. It will offer product and process reviews – technical help for manufacturing companies looking to improve their operations, or to expand in the area.

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