TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations. Over 700 skilled staff provides industry with engineering solutions in joining and associated technologies for many engineering materials (metals, plastics, ceramics, composites and electronic assemblies). Some 3500 companies and organisations, representing virtually all sectors of manufacturing industry from over 60 countries around the globe, benefit from TWI services. The majority of TWI’s activities (65%) is contract research, funded by industry and built around the development of advanced technologies. TWI is also an active participant in collaborative research programmes in Europe and in the UK and has significant project management experience.