The International Institute of Welding (IIW) was founded in 1948 by the welding institutes or societies of 13 countries in order to make more rapid scientific and technical progress possible on a global basis. Its membership has since grown exponentially and the IIW is today a universal reference, recognized as the largest worldwide network for materials joining technologies. “Linking people, joining nations,” the IIW currently comprises welding associations from 56 countries from the five continents, fulfilling its mission to operate as the global body for the science and application of joining technology, while providing a forum for international networking and knowledge exchange.
Within the IIW framework, the world’s finest minds exchange their know-how and experience, as they discuss and present about the latest technical innovations and pioneering advances during sessions of the IIW’s 23 Technical Working Units. These units operate as “think tanks” and engines for technical progress for scientists, engineering and other specialist personnel involved in the research, development and application of materials joining technologies. The extensive work programmes address all “hot topics” that are of prime relevance to industry, including fitness-for-service, health and safety, metallurgy, weldability, inspection, NDT, design, repair and life extension, fracture mechanics, quality control and standardization.