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Set up in Middlesbrough in 1992, TWI Ltd North East is an extension of the resources at company headquarters in Cambridge, and complements TWI's work in engineering consultancy and industry training.

Its most recent premises were opened in 2016 by the Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH. Developed in partnership with Middlesbrough Borough Council, Tees Valley Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership, this £10m purpose-built facility was enabled through European Regional Development and Regional Growth funding along with investment from TWI.

Research and development work covers a wide range of technologies for industry sectors including oil and gas, chemical, power generation and transport. Services include materials characterisation and modelling for safety critical applications on structures and welds, surface and coatings technologies, fitness-for-service assessments and additive manufacturing simulation support. Further expertise covers thick-section arc welding and the innovative use of electron beam technology for construction and repair of large fabrications or components.

The training and examinations facilities contain specially designed training suites and state-of-the-art equipment for underwater inspection, plastics joining, weld inspection and non-destructive testing applications. Training delivered on site enables engineers to use the latest technologies to ensure the safety of structures such as offshore platforms, wind towers, chemical plant and oil pipelines.

The facilty also houses a local base for TWI Certification Ltd, which provides compliance verification of manufacturing companies and welder training organisations against European and international standards for welding, joining and materials integrity.

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