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Fully-Funded Fabrication and Welding Support: Tees Valley

Wed, 20 October, 2021

Small and medium sized businesses in the Tees Valley region are invited to take advantage of fully-funded free assistance from TWI through our Materials Integrity Technology Transfer (MITT) business support programme.

The MITT initiative is geared at helping firms achieve sustainable growth by increasing profitability and competitiveness.

Through the scheme, individual companies receive tailored, practical advice on best practices in tackling their fabrication and welding issues from TWI welding engineers and other technology experts.

This support utilises our vast range of expertise covering welding, joining, surface engineering, additive manufacture (AM), inspection and numerical modelling, and includes working with all engineering materials such as composites, metals and plastics.

Speaking on the MITT, TWI Research Innovations and Operations Project Manager, Sarah McCarthy said, “The MITT project is making an important contribution to companies in the Tees Valley by helping and working with them to strengthen their businesses and, consequently, their market position. This enables them to take full advantage of the opportunities ahead as a result of the announced investment and expansion plans for the region.”

Sarah added, “We are delighted to see that companies supported by the scheme are already benefiting from increased efficiencies, lower costs and improved competitive advantage.”

Some of the ways in which MITT has helped companies to date include:

  • Troubleshooting production problems and failure investigations
  • Achieving compliance with health and safety requirements, for instance for welding fume control
  • Supporting progress with quality and certification, such as ISO 3834, BS EN 1090 (CE Marking)
  • Creating welding procedures, qualifications, and welding documentation control
  • Exploring more effective technologies and processes, new materials and improved designs
  • Accelerating innovation to develop a new product or service to market

If you are interested in finding out more about MITT and how it can help your business, please contact or telephone the TWI Technology and Training Centre North East, Middlesbrough on 01642 216320.


The Materials Integrity Technology Transfer (MITT) project is part of the Tees Valley Centre for Materials Integrity Programme, which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020) and Tees Valley Combined Authority.


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