A new building at the Centre for the Institutes of Materials and Coastal Research in Germany has been named after Dr Wayne Thomas, the inventor of friction stir welding. Helmholtz-Zentrum, Geeshacht bestowed the honour on the former TWI employee to recognise his discovery of the solid state welding process which has, in the last 20 years, revolutionised manufacturing worldwide.
Former TWI consultant and inventor of the friction stir welding process, Wayne Thomas, has been formally recognised by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), Centre for Materials and Coastal Research in Germany. HZG recently opened a 300 square metre lightweight materials assessment and solid-state joining centre in his honour, naming it the Wayne Thomas Building.
HZG Germany aims to establish a basis for technologies of tomorrow, and with the Geesthacht Centre's focus on solid-state joining and processing technologies, the new Wayne Thomas Building - the largest dedicated facility in mainland Europe - will play a key role in advancing friction stir welding and other novel joining processes. Around 40 scientists will work in the building to develop new joining methods for modern applications, for example in the joining of metal and plastic.
Wayne Thomas said, 'It is a great honour for me to be associated with the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht friction technology building. I am grateful to Professor Wolfgang Kaysser, Professor Norbert Huber and Dr Jorge dos Santos, also to my colleagues at TWI and my wife and family for all their support, without which I would have been unable to discover new technologies - the most important being friction stir welding.'
The inauguration of the Wayne Thomas Building at Geesthacht took place during a programme of technical presentations covering recent industrial developments using advanced materials and processes.
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