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30 July, 2019 - 21:24 By Kate Sweeney

TWI extends China research ties through ministerial visit to Cambridge

Chinese Science and Technology Minister, Wang Zhigang, visited TWI’s headquarters near Cambridge in a mission that has helped further strengthen ties between China and the industrial innovation business.

A delegation from the Ministry of Science and Technology and representatives from the Chinese Embassy was timely and new research collaborations seem assured. 

TWI has around 30 Chinese member companies and is undertaking a range of research projects across several industry sectors.

Mr Wang was met by TWI chief executive, Professor Aamir Khalid, Dr Steve Shi (Director of Industrial Membership), Dr Paul Woollin (Director of Research and Technology), Professor Tat-Hean Gan (Director of Innovation and Skills), Dr Lei Xu (Arc Welding) and Catherine Condie (External Relations).

Sunan Jiang, Minister Counsellor of Science and Technology at the Chinese Embassy in the UK, said: “The long history focusing on welding and the research beacons of TWI, as well as the close links with Chinese counterparts, impressed us deeply.”

Prof Khalid added: “It was an honour for our organisation to receive Mr Wang Zhigang and the Chinese delegation. We welcome this very valuable association and look forward to new research collaborations with industry in China.”

The high-level visit began with lunch and an introduction to a history of TWI, a summary of its membership and business structure and examples of successful technology and innovation partnerships. This was followed by a tour of laboratories and a description of work carried out in its laser, surfacing, friction and electron beam facilities from specialists Dr Jon Blackburn, Henry Begg, Dr Anthony McAndrew, and Dr Colin Ribton.

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