About ESAB

History

The story of ESAB is the story of welding. When our founder Oscar Kjellberg developed the world's first welding electrode in 1904, he launched a company whose innovation and uncompromising standards have helped create the history of welding itself 

For more than 100 years, ESAB has been powered by the will to continuously seek new and improved ways of serving our customers. This has made ESAB a world leader in welding products and advanced cutting systems

In 2012, ESAB was acquired by Colfax Corporation, one of the world's leading diversified industrial manufacturing companies. Colfax, like ESAB, is a solidly customer-focused company that places strong emphasis on constant innovation and improvemen

 

Timeline

1904:   A leader is born. Elektriska Svetsnings-Aktiebolaget (ESAB) founded by engineer Oscar Kjellberg.

1906:   Innovation unfolds. The patent is granted for Kjellberg's unique invention – the world's first coasted welding electrode.

1937Breakthrough development. The submerged arc welding method is invented, providing a versatile means of depositing large amounts of metal quickly, consistently, and safely.

1944Revolutionary technology. The new process of TIG welding (called Heliarc) is introduced, providing greater control over the weld for stronger, higher quality results.

1950:   Quantum leap. Gas metal arc welding (GMAW) or MIG/MAG welding is developed. Its versatility and speed help make it the most commonly used industrial welding process.

1955:   Plasma cutting emerges. The Linde Division of Union Carbide invents the plasma arc for cutting metals. Linde later became L-Tec, which was eventually purchased by ESAB.

1993:   A welding consumables pioneer. Marathon Pac, a unique bulk pack for solid or flux-cored welding wire, is introduced.

1996:   First of its kind. ESAB's first friction-stir welding machine, SuperStir, is supplied to Marine Aluminum of Norway.

2010High-speed solution. High-speed submerged arc welding is developed, generating high quality welds at high productivity.

2012Next generation technology. ICE, the next generation in submerged arc welding technology, is advanced based on ESAB's leading Twin subarc process.

 

 

Tomorrow's History Today


ESAB's innovation continues strongly today – fueled by continuous improvement to meet or exceed customer requirements. With 23 manufacturing facilities on four continents, and sales/support representatives in 80 countries, ESAB stands ready for your challenges

 

What We Do

ESAB is a world leader in the production of welding and cutting equipment and consumables. Our innovative, world-renowned equipment and solutions are developed with input from our 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 we 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. We serve industries that serve the world, including:

 

  • Automotive 
  • General fabrication & civil construction 
  • Pipelines 
  • Pipe mills 
  • Power generation 
  • Process industry 
  • Repair & maintenance 
  • Shipbuilding & offshore 
  • Transport & mobile machinery

 

The ESAB group is owned by Colfax Corporation.

 

Over 110 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.

Visit the web site of your nearest ESAB office to find out more.

 

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