|Harbin Welding Institute (HWI) was founded in 1956, and formerly subordinated to the First Ministry of Machinery Building Industry of China. It is a national research institute with comprehensive science and technology of welding and joining. In July of 1999, HWI, following up with the reform of science and technology system, transformed into a science and technology enterprise. Now HWI is subordinated to the China Academy of Machinery Science & Technology under the administration of the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council.|
HWI has now more than 400 employees, including one member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, one National Outstanding Contribution Expert, 8 winners of the Special Allowance of the State Council, and 110 research fellows and senior engineers.
The research and development (R&D) fields in HWI include:
The Secretariats of China Welding Association, Chinese Welding Society and Chinese Committee for Welding Standardization are all located in HWI. HWI is the supporting unit of the National Welding Materials Quality Supervision & Inspection Center, Mechanical Engineering Flame Cutting Products Quality Supervision & Inspection Center, and National Engineering Research Center for High Quality and Efficiency Welding Technology. HWI also owns two laboratories on welding materials, welding & cutting equipment, and metallic materials, authorized by the State Administration for the Inspection of Import and Export Commodities.
HWI has undertaken a great number of national key scientific and technological projects and completed many industrial services aimed at promotion of welding technology. It has also undertaken the task of the Industrial Application of New and High Welding Technology Project. Oriented to the market economy, HWI concentrates on commercialization of research findings, and actively establishes welding-related scientific demonstration bases. HWI-made products have been widely used in petrochemical industry, automobiles, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, bridge building, vehicles, hydroelectricity and nuclear power devices, etc. HWI customers distribute all over the country. With decades of efforts, HWI has achieved outstanding economic profits and remarkable social benefit.