The Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) have given a £500,000 grant to support the expansion of TWI’s modelling group and establish a new materials inspection NDT group in Middlesbrough. The money will support additional staff, equipment and lab space and establish test facilities to evaluate the effect of hydrogen on materials performance. This growth will also act as the foundation for greater activity around hydrogen and materials integrity that TWI is looking to develop.
The grant will help to create 12 new research jobs and generate at least £3 million of research into the region.
This expansion, which is based on the Teesside Advanced Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP), is the result of a close collaboration between TWI, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, and Middlesbrough Council.
Mayor Houchen said, ‘The region’s engineering reputation is second to none, and this development will provide an opportunity to enhance economic growth and drive forward skilled employment opportunities in the area. TeesAMP will deliver long-lasting benefits in terms of jobs, skills, prosperity and further investment. TWI’s proposals form a key part of the overall project.’
Meanwhile, TWI’s Strategic Funding Manager, Chris Beck said, ‘This funding represents a vital step forward in TWI’s expansion plans and helps us reaffirm our commitment to the region and TeesAmp. We have our eyes on significant growth in the coming years but, in the short term, adapting our current facility will allow us to take on further staff and contribute even more to the Tees Valley economy.’
This project is funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority.
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