TWI has hosted senior delegations from two state-owned Chinese technical institutes, who are among the latest organisations to join the company as Industrial Members.
The first group of delegates, from the Shanghai Institute of Special Equipment Inspection and Technology (SSEI), came to TWI's Great Abington headquarters on 14 September. SSEI carries out inspection, testing and certification of pressure vessels, boilers, pressure piping, lifts and cranes. TWI will support the company through the provision of expertise and services relating to non-destructive testing, inspection, materials and structure assessment, and training.
SSEI Chief Executive, Professor Wenhua Shu, signed the institute's membership agreement with TWI Chief Executive, Dr Christoph Wiesner. Prof Shu said that SSEI was privileged to be working with TWI and looking forward to future collaboration, while Dr Wiesner emphasised the importance of TWI's activities in China, and pledged to continue to support Chinese industry through its work.
The second delegation came from the Southwest Institute of Technique and Engineering (SITE), a research institute based in Chongqing, China, that specialises in new materials development, surfacing and corrosion management for automotive, renewable energy and marine applications.
The delegation's attendance, on 19 September, was originally just for a general visit, but the organisation was sufficiently impressed with TWI's facilities to decide to become an Industrial Member on the day. SITE Chief Executive, Mr Hulin Wu, signed the membership agreement with TWI Director of Research, Dr Paul Woollin.
TWI counts a number of Chinese companies among its Membership and continues to grow its activities in the region. It has an office in Beijing, and last year launched a Mandarin website at www.twichina.com.