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TWI Joins Space East Cluster

Tue, 30 April, 2024

TWI, a global leader in material joining and engineering processes, is delighted to announce we have joined Space East Cluster, the growing Space cluster for the East of England with extensive plans for collaboration over the coming years.

In its first year of operation, Space East has developed an innovative community of over 160 cross-sector businesses who are exploring how their capabilities and expertise can be used to benefit the £17.5bn UK space sector.

As the UK’s newest space cluster, Space East is bringing together leaders from industry, research and government in the East of England to champion and develop new opportunities in space technology.

TWI Space Sector Manager, Vito Di Pietro (left) with Space East Cluster Development Manager, Stuart Catchpole (right) at TWI Cambridge
TWI Space Sector Manager, Vito Di Pietro (left) with Space East Cluster Development Manager, Stuart Catchpole (right) at TWI Cambridge

Space and satellite technologies align with many of the leading industries in the region, including areas that TWI and our Industrial Members are actively engaged in. By joining with the Space East Cluster, we will be able to add our expertise to that of others in the Space East community and help progress space-related opportunities in areas including manufacturing, energy, artificial intelligence, communications, health technology, education and more.

TWI Space Sector Manager, Vito Di Petro said, “This collaboration matches very well with our role as ESA Technology Broker for the UK. This activity will start in May 2024 and will greatly benefit from our Space East membership, drawing on their members to benefit the whole UK Space Industry. We would be delighted to act as interface between companies from the space sector and non-space sectors, and ease the entry of new products and operators into the space industry.”

Stuart Catchpole, Space East Cluster Manager, said , “This is an exciting time to be part of the Space sector, with the global space market predicted to grow from £270 billion (in 2023) to £490 billion by 2030. Space East are delighted that TWI have joined the cluster and are looking forward to working with them in supporting the growth and development of existing space sector companies. We are also extremely excited about working with companies who might be considering the sector as a new market opportunity and helping them with the advice and support available to pivot their existing assets and capabilities to benefit from the opportunities that the space sector presents.”

To find out more about Space East, visit or contact Stuart Catchpole at

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