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TWI Innovation Network

The TWI Innovation Network works to nurture and coordinate partnerships, enabling engineering advances in specialist areas across a range of industry sectors in response to commercial needs, as well as helping to train and up-skill the next generation of industry experts and staff.




TWI Innovation Network encompasses the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), Innovation Centres, Technology Acceleration Programmes (TAPs), and Private Technology Innovation Partnerships (PTIPs) as well as offering Technology Innovation Management, Innovation Consultancy Services and a TWI Innovation Network Subscription scheme for innovation-focused companies and organisations.

Innovation Network partners benefit from open access to facilities, allowing them to carry out work at TWI’s headquarters in Cambridge using state-of-the-art equipment in dedicated laboratories.

 About TWI

TWI is one of the world's largest, independent, not-for-profit, membership-based research and technology organisations.  It was established in Cambridge, UK in 1946 and today has bases internationally in Greece and Germany, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Central Asia and the USA.  

TWI's multi-disciplinary staff of specialist consultants, engineers, scientists, researchers and technicians deliver engineering, materials, structural integrity management and joining techniques for the 21st century, bridging the gap between research and industry to promote the latest approaches in the context of Industry 4.0.

Through its Innovation Network, TWI has a large portfolio of innovation activities including: Innovation centres - joint industry-research partnerships between TWI and academia; Technology Acceleration Programmes (TAPs) - collaborations with SMEs and TWI Industrial Members to move innovative concepts through to commercialisation;  Private Technology Partnerships (PTIPs) - long-term relationships with technology organisations to develop novel solutions and address industrial challenges; and a number of technology and subscription based programmes.  In combination, these form an open innovation eco-system with transformative socio-economic impact.

Technology development

Key technology developments include digital twin, artificial intelligence (AI), Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, internet of things (IoT), immersive visualisation and autonomous robotic systems.  TWI aims to bring cutting edge research to industry by exploring the latest advanced materials, quantum technologies and nanotechnology, drawing on its long standing history to balance traditional techniques with modern technologies.

Technical excellence

TWI is internationally renowned for its technical excellence, industy focus and cross disciplinary experts who can add value to almost every industrial sector including net zero and renewables, nuclear, rail, oil and gas, aerospace, marine, infrastructure, electronics, additive manufacturing, medical and more.

As an industrial, research and development focused organisation, TWI is always looking for new, innovative companies to collaborate with on the next generation of public funded projects and future technologies development.  In order to fund its ambitious research and development programme, TWI has a specialist Technology Innovation Management team which supports the technical experts by securing public funding for engineering research and innovation.  Since 2008, TWI has secured over £500m for TWI and partners on over 440 projects.






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