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News in Brief - November/December 2005

Connect, no. 139, November/December 2005, p.7

Open house in Yorkshire

Over 40 manufacturing companies attended an Open House event at TWI Yorkshire's Sheffield facility in September to learn how to boost their profitability by exploiting new welding and joining processes.

On show were leading edge processes including friction stir welding, laser direct metal deposition and fibre laser processing - some of the technologies available from TWI which are finding increasing application in a wide range of industries.

Workshop demonstrations were complemented by presentations highlighting the key features of the processes, typical applications, and how companies can use programmes funded by Yorkshire Forward and Objective 1 to explore potential applications.

6th International Symposium on Friction Stir Welding

TWI, on behalf of the Friction Stir Welding Licensees Association, is pleased to announce that the 6th International Symposium on Friction Stir welding will take place in Saint-Sauveur, Québec, Canada between 10-12 October2006.

A call for papers has been published, and abstracts are required by 31 January 2006, with papers submitted by the end of August 2006. Full details of the abstract and paper submission, the symposium itself and the venue can be found on TWI's website. Alternatively, contact either Philip Threadgill or Rachel Wall. E-mail: or

Closer working relationship with Saudi Arabia

In September TWI hosted a visit from Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, HM Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was accompanied by Paul Williams of the UK Trade and Investment office.

Sir Sherard met with TWI's Chief Executive, Bob John, and other members of staff and together they reviewed TWI's activities in Saudi Arabia which centre on training and accreditation activities as well as technical support services for the Saudi oil industry.

Discussions were held on ways in which UK government resources might be deployed to help improve levels of interaction between British and Saudi companies.

Dti Global Watch Mission Seminar

Developments in electronic and photonic packaging research and manufacturing - scoping mission to China

A free, one day event to report back on findings of the scoping mission to China in June co-ordinated by EPPIC Faraday has been arranged for 14 November 2005 at the Science Museum in London. It is a must for anyone in the electronics and photonics industry.

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