The new Institute, which will be a global leader in steel and metals research, was opened today (Thursday 8 February) by First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.The world leading research and innovation centre will work in collaboration with industry and other UK and Global centres of excellence to drive innovation in products and performance to create a steel and metals industry fit for the 21st Century.Mr Bimlendra Jha, Chief Executive Officer Tata Steel UK and Professor Richard B Davies, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University accompanied the First Minister at the launch.Ernst Hoogenes (Tata Steel Europe Head of R), Steve Jones (Operations Director - ?Celsa Manufacturing), and Martin Brunnock (Research, Development and Technical Director Tata Steel UK) showed their support at the event.Representatives from Industry, Academia, SMEs, Community Union, Government and SaMI staff were also present.We are passionate about working with industry and research partners to build a successful and sustainable steel future through innovation excellence and a pipeline of talented people."