TWI, based in Port Talbot is expanding. With the help of global brands such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, EDF Energy and BAE Systems are all contributing to the expansion of the research and technology firm TWI.
A success story of the Waterfront Enterprise in Port Talbot in Wales, TWI has been based in the area for fourteen years. The company has announced a plan to build a top specification engineering and validation facility.
TWI focuses on structural integrity engineering, with Headquarters in Cambridge since the 1940s, TWI also has bases in India, Malaysia, the Middle East, China and Texas. The Welsh testing center focuses on non-destructive testing. This process requires a specialized team to use technology such as ultrasonic, radiographs, and electromagnetics to inspect the critical structures of various vehicles like aircrafts, submarines and nuclear power plants. TWI also finds ways of saving time and money by testing advanced materials and evaluating their risk of failure.
The plans to develop the Port Talbot arm of the company will create facilities to allow the division to employ more team members, as well as expand their available working space. The Advanced Engineering and Materials Research Institute is expected to increase resources as well as create unique structural testing and evaluation facilities to meet all of TWIâs client needs.
The development is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund as well as the Welsh Government, with contributions from industry partners. The ERDF has granted £8 million of funding for the project, as well as a further £8 million combined from their industry partners.
The Welsh division of TWI started fourteen years ago, and began with only four team members. Progress made since then shows a successful expansion over the course of that time for the company and promises similar success for this and future expansion.