Swansea Bay City Region recently chose TWI Technology Centre (Wales) in Port Talbot as the venue for a recent management meeting. Swansea Bay City Region Board encompasses the four local authority areas of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, bringing together business, local government and a range of partners - all working toward a common goal of creating economic prosperity in the City region.
Before the meeting, Chairman of the Board Sir Terry Matthews toured TWI's new specialised non-destructive testing (NDT) laboratories, comprising digital radiography bays, laser facility and a robotic cell for automated inspection activities. Accompanied by Regional Manager Philip Wallace, Sir Terry learned how the Centre works in applied research, development and application of state-of-the-art NDT methods, to provide real solutions to inspection challenges across a broad range of industries.
TWI Technology Centre (Wales) has been located in Port Talbot for ten years where it provides engineering support required by the growing aerospace, petrochemical, road and rail transport, energy and healthcare sectors. The Centre's advanced NDT techniques contribute to the safety, reliability and structural integrity of critical structures and components.
In 2013 the Centre moved into new buildings in the multi-million pound research and development village in the Harbourside district, which has opened up the waterfront area and now links direct with the M4.