TWI welcomes the recent announcement that the Government’s Local Growth Deal, secured
by the Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, will enable the build of its
advanced training and examination facilities for welding and inspection
and a new deepwater diving and underwater technologies tank at the Teesside Advanced
Manufacturing Park (TAMP). The joint award to TWI and Tees Valley Unlimited will
be made as part of the regeneration programme for TAMP – a 13-hectare development
zone next to the River Tees, and previously a reclaimed steelworks site.
Support from the Growth Deal for training will combine with enterprise investment
from the European Regional Development Fund Competitive Programme 2007-13 and grants
from Middlesbrough Council and the Growing Places Fund to deliver to the region
an integrated technology hub to meet the immediate engineering needs of local energy
companies. The new TWI Technology Centre (North East) will offer
state-of-the-art training in welding, inspection, non-destructive testing and underwater
techniques alongside full research and consultancy services.
The £10 million programme will include the establishment of the UK’s first Offshore
Wind Validation Centre to deliver research and validation services
for offshore wind tower manufacturers as well as for the oil and gas, subsea and
other industrial sectors. The development will also allow TWI to expand its
Low Carbon Energy Manufacturing Technology Centre, housing the latest
technologies for reduced pressure electron beam welding, tandem twin wire submerged
arc welding, SurfiSculpt, electron beam texturing, composites and microwave drying
TWI is expected to move into the new premises in early 2016.
Cllr Charlie Rooney, Executive Member for Regeneration at Middlesbrough Council
‘Middlesbrough Council and TWI have worked hard to secure this funding and I look
forward to seeing the new training and research facility being developed on TAMP.
This facility will help to kickstart TAMP and promote the Tees Valley's engineering
and manufacturing sector.’
Christoph Wiesner, Chief Executive at TWI, said,
‘We welcome this latest announcement of government funding and look forward to working
with Middlesbrough Council and Tees Valley Unlimited to realise the TWI Technology
Centre at TAMP. The unique facility will ensure industry has access to the training
and examinations necessary to develop skills and foster strong economic growth,
and allow us work more closely with new and existing businesses to develop advanced
fabrication technologies for the energy sector.’
The TWI Technology Centre (North East) will replace TWI’s existing laboratories
at Riverside Park, where the company first set up a base in 1992. The new building
will have a floorspace of 3700 square metres approx. and features an optimised diving
and underwater technologies tank – the largest in Europe.
Activities at the Centre will complement those at TWI headquarters at Granta Park,
Cambridge – which includes the National Structural Integrity Research Centre and
the recently announced engineering test centre at the former RAF Alconbury – and
its regional offices in Rotherham, Port Talbot and Aberdeen.
For more information, please
TWI Training & Examination Services, TWI Ltd, Granta Park, Great Abington,
Cambridge CB21 6AL, United Kingdom
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Tel: +44 (0)1223 899500