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ESAB – WHAT THEY DO
ESAB is a world leader in the production of welding and cutting equipment and consumables. Their innovative, world-renowned equipment and solutions are developed with input from their customers and built with the expertise and heritage of a global manufacturing leader.
The ESAB brand is synonymous with world leading expertise in the following key areas:
- Manual welding and cutting equipment
- Welding consumables
- Welding automation
- Mechanized cutting systems
For each discipline, continuous development of methods, materials and know-how is being directed to meet the challenges posed by the diversity of industry sectors they serve. ESAB is organized to deliver efficient, high-productivity solutions to meet customer requirements in a manner that exceeds their expectations no matter the market segment.
ESAB offers a world of products and solutions for virtually every welding and cutting process and application. They serve industries that serve the world, including:
- General fabrication & civil construction
- Pipe mills
- Power generation
- Process industry
- Repair & maintenance
- Shipbuilding & offshore
- Transport & mobile machinery
The ESAB group is owned by Colfax Corporation.
Over 100 years after the company was founded, ESAB serves a global market. The group is organized in the regions Europe, North America, South America, Asia/Pacific and India.
ESAB is represented in almost every country by subsidiaries or agents. Sales and support is established in 80 countries and there are 26 manufacturing plants across four continents.
The foundation of ESAB was built early in the last century by an inventive engineer who sought a practical solution to a common problem.
In 1904, Oscar Kjellberg produced a heavily fluxed, or coated, electrode that substantially improved the quality of weld metal. As it melted, the flux coating vaporized and formed a gas that shielded the molten weld metal from air, thus preventing embrittling reactions from occurring as the weld metal cooled.
Lightly coated electrodes of various types had been tried before, and some of them permitted faster welding, but none of them improved the weld metal properties. Kjellberg was the first to recognize the possibilities of the heavy flux coating in preventing atmospheric contamination and is today recognized as the inventor of the coated electrode. To this day, tens of thousands of welders encounter his initials in the form of an OK on the welding consumables they use.
Since Kjellberg founded Elektriska Svetsnings-Aktiebolaget (ESAB) in Sweden in 1904, the company has led the welding industry in engineering and innovation, never losing sight of ESAB’s original mission to provide its customers the highest caliber of products and services.
Today’s ESAB is the result of a 1989 union of industry leaders: Alloy Rods Corporation, L-TEC Welding & Cutting Systems, All-State Welding Products, ESAB Automation and ESAB Welding Products. These companies represent more than 300 years of experience in welding consumables and equipment manufacturing, and have introduced many innovative products and processes, including stainless stick and low hydrogen electrodes, as well as submerged arc, TIG (“Heliarc”) and MIG welding.