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Automotive - Consultancy, Research and Development Services

TWI's experience and expertise adds value to the business of its automotive sector Members, who include vehicle manufacturerscomponent and assembly suppliers, materials suppliers, specialist vehicle builders, and motorsport specialists including Formula 1.

Our multi-disciplinary staff help Members to devise and implement workable solutions from concept development, through manufacture to recycling - for all engine types, from 'traditional' internal combustion engine vehicles to electric, fuel cell and hybrid vehicles.

The automotive industry is facing huge pressures to achieve sustainable, low-carbon products at an affordable price. TWI can advise on new products and manufacturing processes, and ensure that Members have access to industry best practice through technology transfer and training in a range of technologies including laserresistance/spotarc and friction stir welding.

The competition for ever-greater performance in motorsport is relentless. TWI works with motorsport companies, not least F1 teams, to develop and implement cutting edge technologies.

Adding Value

Our strategy is to add value to our Members’ projects by working with them to reduce costs, develop innovative solutions and add functionality to their products or services. Example project areas include:


Services We Provide

  • Materials selection
  • Process selection and optimisation
  • Design for manufacture
  • Procedure development and qualification
  • Defect / failure investigation
  • Technology transfer and training


Focusing on challenges

At TWI, we focus our capabilities and extensive facilities to help you overcome the challenges of today and the anticipated challenges of tomorrow, which include:

  • Advising on robust fabrication technologies such as welding, fastening and adhesives to increase reliability and reduce process costs
  • Exploring 'light-weighting' techniques and how best to exploit the potential advantages of high strength steel, aluminium, magnesium, composites and plastics, often used in combination.
  • Research and development (R&D) for power and fuel issues, including internal combustion, battery, fuel cell and electric motor
  • Investigating materials' performance in high-pressure hydrogen gas to ensure the safety of affordable hydrogen storage for future vehicles
  • Introducing reliable joining methods for new power sources and joints for heavy duty connectors

For more information about TWI's services to the automotive industry, please email

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