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IIW and its Strategy,
Goals and Future Challenges
Ulrich Dilthey
This paper gives an overview of the work of IIW internationally, in various re-
gions of the world and industry sectors utilising welding, the challenges being
faced, opportunities available, and probable requirements for the successful
introduction and optimum use of welding technology.
Successful models used in other countries, particularly for technology diffu-
sion to industry, education and training, improving the image of welding and
the use of appropriate technologies will be highlighted.
Examples of how the elements of such models could be used in many regions
of the world will be given.
The involvement of industry and governments across the world in conjunction
with the work of IIW and its 53 member countries is critical to the success
of such initiatives.
President of IIW Ulrich Dilthey.
Since its establishment 60 years ago, the
International Institute of Welding (IIW) has
had numerous successes that have helped
the world. In 2006, the IIW introduced a
major project entitled “To Improve the Global
Quality of Life through Optimum Use of Weld-
ing Technology [1]. Many of the initiatives
being implemented will be of benefit to many
countries, par ticularly with such significant
global growth taking place throughout the
world.
The International
Institute of Welding (IIW)
The IIW was founded in 1948 by the welding
institutes or societies of 13 countries, who
felt the need to create it, to make more
rapid scientific and technical progress pos-
sible on a global basis. Since then, welding
associations in 53 countries make up the
members and more and more are indicat-
ing interest. There are now 15 members
in Western Europe, 12 in Eastern Europe,
6 in the Americas and 20 in Africa/Asia/
Oceania, figure 1.
Fig 1: 53 IIW Member Countries.