Welding Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance (WITA) was founded in Shanghai in May 2016. WITA is a national industrial technology innovation strategic alliance based on the implementation of the strategic alliance of industrial technology innovation and strategic planning documents related to national science and technology innovation requirements of the Ministry of Science and Technology and other six national ministries. WITA is an organization which has a total of 13 sponsors, and is approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology. It is led by Shanghai Tayor Heavy Industry Group Co. Ltd., and combined with domestic universities, research institutes and steel manufacturing units as the School of Materials Science and Engineering of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Wuhan Iron and Steel (Group) Company Research Institute, Taiyuan Heavy Industry Co. Ltd., Nantong Zhenkang Welding Electromachinery Co. Ltd., Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd., Shanghai Boiler Works Ltd., Shanghai Electric Nuclear Power Equipment Co. Ltd., School of materials science and engineering of Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Machinery Industry Information Research Institute "Metal Processing" magazine, Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, Beijing Jia Ke Emerging Technology Co. Ltd. and Shougang Technology Research Institute. Academician Pan Jiluan, academician Guan Qiao, academician Xu Binshi and academician Lin Shangyang will assume the role as consultants of WITA.
WITA is in line with the principle of industrial-academic-research cooperation and takes efforts to develop the scientific and technological potential and expertise of all levels of units to carry out their scientific and efficient combination. Through contractual cooperation, WITA is to achieve the goal of sharing resources and rational allocation. Otherwise, WITA strives to make the technology between members of the Alliance in the implementation of the initial record. It will organize assessment, classify project, engaged in cooperation, improve the development and promotion, and accelerate the promotion of new products and new technologies as soon as possible to the production practice of transformation. WITA will coordinate industrial generic technology, break the technical bottleneck, form the development of the industrial chain, organize and develop the industrial technology standards and normsto lay a solid foundation for the development of the industry.