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Who We Are

Our purpose is to help people and organisations maximise the performance of welding, joining and allied processes; and the resulting products and assets they create.

We are a membership-based organisation, supporting both individuals and companies alike. We exist to provide authoritative and impartial expert advice, knowhow and safety assurance through engineering, materials and joining technologies – helping you design, create and operate the best products possible.

Descended from the British Welding Research Association (BWRA), we have grown into one of the foremost independent research and technology organisations. We span innovation, knowledge transfer and problem resolution across all aspects of welding, joining, surface engineering, inspection and whole-life integrity management.

At a Glance…

  • Established in Cambridge, UK, in 1946
  • Over 800 consultants, scientists, engineers and support staff
  • 1800+ Industrial Member companies in over 70 countries (5 UK and 13 overseas facilities)
  • Our Cambridge-based headquarters operates from 54,000 square metres (581,000 square feet) of manufacturing, testing and training space
  • Innovation Network undertaking joint research programmes and developing next generation of engineers/scientists
  • Professional institution, The Welding Institute, with a separate membership of 6000 individuals

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