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News in Brief - May/June 2007

Connect, no. 148, May/June 2007, p.7

SkillWELD Update

UK Skills held their final competition in February to select competitors from different skills to represent the UK in Japan November 2007. Stuart Greer and Daniel Wheatley of Doosan Babcock, Tipton competed against one another in a three day welding competition held in Coventry. Stuart Greer was successfully selected and will now represent the UK for welding in Japan.

Stuart returned to Doosan Babcock and continued training in preparation for the three day Eire Open Welding Competition which was held in Cork late March. He performed well whilst gaining valuable competition experience. Stuart is now undergoing further training in preparation for the four day USA Open Welding Competition to be held in Kansas in late June. Prior to this event training will be carried out at Doosan Babcock-Tipton, Air Products- Acrefair and TWI Cambridge to cover a wide range of practical tasks using MMA, TIG, MAG and FCAW. In the USA Stuart will be competing against welders from the USA, Eire, Australia and possibly Canada. When Stuart returns from the USA he will stick to astringent training programme in preparation for World Skills Japan.

Dr Harry Taylor

TWI's leader in the forties and fifties has died, two years after his hundredth birthday.

The former Director General of the British Welding Research Association, as TWI was then known, was appointed principal in 1947. His nine years in service saw the development of the country's leading welding, cutting and engineering centre grow from an offshoot of the Institute of Welding to being one of the nation's most progressive co-operative research organisations. In a 1957 extract from the British Welding Journal, shortly after he moved to become Director of the Electrical Research Association, tribute was paid to his pioneering work on brittle fracture. The work was developed at BWRA and made his successor Dr Alan Wells a world authority on the subject a decade later. His career also embraced periods of employment with the Copper Development Association and Philips Lamps.

TWI in the Middle East

Two new subsidiary companies have been established in the Middle East. They are TWI Gulf WLL, which is based in Bahrain, and TWI Middle East FZ LLC which is based in Knowledge Village, Dubai.

These two areas were chosen because they are the main communication hubs for the Arabian Peninsula, and are strategically sited to provide optimum coverage for the region and TWI Members.

Both locations have classroom facilities for the delivery of courses. However, the focus of these operations will not be solely on Training and Examination Services. The intention is to offer the full range of TWI services across a region which is experiencing very rapid economic growth.

The contact details for the two offices are:

TWI Middle East FZ LLC, Office 306/307, Block 14, PO Box 502931, Knowledge Village, Dubai UAE.
Tel No: +971 43643010/14
Fax No: +971 43678435

TWI Gulf WLL, Office 52, Al Saffar House, PO Box 2190, Manama, Bahrain.
Tel No: +973 17582710
Fax No:+973 17582714

For more information please email: