The latest stage in TWI's UK expansion is underway. Following recent success in South Yorkshire it has now secured Objective 1 funding to set up a base in Wales at the Welsh Development Agency's ECM 2 facility at Port Talbot.
It will use the £2.72m Objective 1 grant to establish a unit there employing some 14 specialists in the development and use of non-destructive testing technologies.
Andrew Davies, Minister for Economic Development, said: 'Manufacturing continues to play a major role in the Welsh economy and it is vital that we give our manufacturers every opportunity to compete in the global economy. I am pleased that TWI is to establish itself in Wales, and particularly in the Objective 1 area where the skills and support the company provides can make a difference.'
TWI Technology Centre (Wales) has become the tenth tenant in the WDA's Engineering Centre for Manufacturing and Materials (ECM 2). It stands on the site of the former Corus Welsh Technology Laboratories in Port Talbot and was established by the Welsh Development Agency in 2002 using Welsh Assembly Government funds.
ECM 2 provides research laboratory and prototyping facilities for organisations in the manufacturing and materials sectors and is backed by the full range of WDA business support services.
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