Innovation is vital in today's knowledge driven economy and is often the factor that separates successful businesses from those that fail. Ideas influence business in different ways depending on their significance. These ideas can range from incremental improvements on known techniques to step-change technologies that may bring disruptive change.
TWI has a rich and well-publicised history of innovation and invention dating back to the time of the British Welding Research Association in the 1940s. Memorable highlights from the past include the CTOD method for measuring fracture toughness, the Wells wide plate test, types of high powered CO2 laser, and many innovations in the use of laser, friction, arc, adhesive bonding and other technologies related to welding, joining, coating and testing.