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News in brief - July/August 2000

Connect, no. 107, July/August 2000, p.6

SkillWELD 2000 National finals held at TWI

The National Finals of the UK SkillWELD competition were held at TWI, Granta Park, Cambridge on Wednesday, 19 April 2000. The prizes were presented by Lord Trefgarne, Chairman of SkillENG.

Winners of the regional heats held in February - 11 in all - were at TWI from 17 to 19 April 2000 spending two days being examined on their welding skills. They had to produce a number of different welds to a very high standard using various processes and materials.

The standard of welding in the competition was very high and the judges had a difficult task. However, the eventual winner was Stuart L Davies, 18, a student from Dudley College who now works for Mitsui Babcock. Second place went to Tony Murray of Falkirk College, third was Johnathon Howard of Dudley College and in fourth place was Ryan Keedy of South Tyneside College.

The four prize winners will now go on to participate in the Manpower Skill Festival at the NEC in July and, one of them may be selected to take part in the Skills Olympics in South Korea in 2001.

WMF Buyers' Guide

The WMF Buyers' Guide, produced in conjunction with Welding & Metal Fabrication, is soon to be available online via our corporate website, TWI's innovative website on welding and joining. Current Buyers' Guide entries will automatically be made available in this online version.

The online version of the Buyers' Guide is designed to provide a worldwide gateway for manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of all welding, fabricating, services and ancilliary equipment, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, all over the world.

There are a number of powerful online marketing opportunities available to suppliers, including sponsorship sites on the home page, advertising in each product section, and hot links to websites.

For information on promoting your company in the online Buyers' Guide call Jane Bailey at dmg World Media on 01737 855131. E-mail:

Exploiting solid-state joining

A well attended symposium on solid-state joining and its exploitation was held at TWI in September 1999. It was decided that proceedings would not be published. However, copies of the pre-prints are available at a cost of £50 + VAT (£58.75). Anyone interested in obtaining a copy should contact the Meetings Section at TWI. E-mail:

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