11 June 2018 saw a meeting between the TWI Innovation Network and visitors Loughborough University, including a delegation from the Department of Materials and Enterprise Unit and the office of the Dean for Enterprise. This was a long anticipated visit in light of the professional connections and some of the existing collaborations (e.g. PhDs) between the two institutions. A comprehensive tour of the engineering labs and some demonstrations, particularly concerning surface science, has shown collaborative opportunities that could be developed and materialised.
Innovation centres and innovation accelerators of the network create a natural environment for collaboration between academia and industry, all at the state-of-the-art industrial setting of TWI. Further engagement is made in this direction for services to industry with underpinning research.