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Joining 4.0 Innovation Centre

Joining 4.0 Innovation Centre

Joining 4.0 Innovation Centre (J4IC), launched in April 2017. 

The Joining 4.0 Innovation Centre (J4IC) is a strategic partnership between Lancaster University and TWI with the aim of developing a comprehensive research capability focused on the digitalisation of joining and associated manufacturing technologies. 

The J4IC is focusing on joining technologies in the context of industry 4.0 – a term used to describe the fourth industrial revolution. The Centre draws on and integrates Lancaster’s existing research strengths within engineering, data science and computing, with TWI’s world-leading knowhow in joining technologies, thereby creating, developing and embedding transformative manufacturing capabilities for the benefit of the industry.


  • Be world-leading and industrially relevant in the R&D of digital manufacturing capabilities based on advanced joining and associated technologies
  • Create a successful collaborative environment between HEI-RTO-industry with substantial research, technology impact and adoption by industry 
  • Establish an excellent research environment underpinned by MSc, PhD researchers and academic staff embedded by industry 
  • Secure a portfolio of research funding from public funding bodies

Core areas

  • Digitalised manufacturing capabilities based on advanced joining technologies
  • Underpinned with expert joining knowhow, data-centric engineering, software platforms, cloud computing, advanced systems connectivity, robotics and communications solutions