Kemppi celebrates 70 years of innovation in welding technology
Kemppi’s flagship MIG/MAG welding system that combines modern welding technology with software, X8 MIG Welder, was launched in 2016. The X8 MIG Welder introduced the digital welding procedure specifications (dWPS) which can be used to setup the equipment automatically according to the parameters stated in the WPS
Finnish welding equipment manufacturer and software developer Kemppi celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Kemppi’s many pioneering innovations have helped it grow from a small family business into a global welding technology leader that continues to drive the welding industry’s development in the digital era and beyond.
This year also marks the 100th birthday of the company’s late founder, Martti Kemppi, who established the business with his brothers on 23 May 1949. His hard work and courage to experiment led the company to revolutionize arc welding equipment in 1977 with the world’s first welding power source to use inverter technology. Since then, Kemppi has continued to introduce industry-transforming innovations, including the world’s first digital welding power source in 1993 and the first universal welding management software in 2014.
In addition to manual arc welding equipment and welding management software, Kemppi also provides welding safety gear and comprehensive automated welding solutions to meet the growing needs around the world.
Today, Kemppi operates globally with subsidiaries in 17 countries and a partner network covering over 60 countries. It remains a privately-owned family company that is nowadays led by Martti Kemppi’s grandchildren. Each generation has had its own role. While the first one grew the company and created a strong foundation, the second one expanded Kemppi abroad. The third generation is now building the company into a truly global corporation.
Kemppi’s international growth has recently continued with the establishment of a new welding torch factory in Wuxi, China and through the acquisition of Italian welding torch manufacturer Trafimet Group S.P.A.
The 70th anniversary will be marked at customer events organized by the company and its subsidiaries around the world during the remainder of the year.
Kemppi acquisition strengthen its position in welding aftermarkets
Kemppi has acquired 100 percent share of Italian welding torch manufacturer Trafimet Group S.P.A. The contract was signed in Italy on 1stMarch, with both companies will continue as separate businesses.
”Kemppi has a strong growth strategy and the acquisition is a natural part of that. The businesses and competencies of the two companies complement each other well and Trafimet’s product range strengthens Kemppi’s position especially in the aftermarkets of the welding business”, says Ville Vuori, CEO, Kemppi Oy.
The acquisition brings in a company with a strong position especially in the welding torch and consumable aftermarkets. In addition to the torches, the Trafimet product range includes welding accessories such as welder’s safety products. The company has a long history and its brands Trafimet, Sacit and Ferro hold an established position in the market.
“Having a strong European actor in the welding industry with us will benefit both companies in the future”, says Attilio Imi, CEO of Trafimet Group. “Trafimet and Kemppi continue to serve their own customers, but I believe that being under the same ownership will bring sourcing and logistic synergies. An owner with a long history in the welding market will be able to offer good development possibilities also in the long run and support our growth strategy.”
The acquisition does not have direct personnel effects or immediate changes in the organisation or operations of either company. Trafimet has been a supplier for Kemppi for several years and the sourcing cooperation will be strengthened further after the acquisition.
Kemppi is a pioneering company within the welding industry. Its role is to develop solutions that make you win business. Headquartered in Lahti, Finland, Kemppi employs over 600 welding experts in 13 countries and has a revenue of more than 120 M euros. The company’s offering includes welding solutions, i.e. intelligent equipment, welding management software and expert services, for both demanding industrial applications and ready-to-weld needs. Local expertise is available via a global partner network covering over 60 countries.
Trafimet Group has been in the welding market for over 40 years, during which time it has been known throughout the world for the reliability of its products. The company is focused on quality, innovation, service and staff development. Trafimet Group offers a complete and wide range of products dedicated to the world of welding, through its two brands Trafimet, Sacit and Ferro. Headquartered in Italy, Trafimet employs over 200 people and has a turnover of more than 30 M euros. Trafimet has a network of affiliates and selected partners worldwide.
Kemppi opens up robotic welding application centre in China
In order to strengthen its robotic welding business and speed up the growth in Asia, Kemppi has opened a robotic welding application centre in China. The centre provides complete and innovative solutions and services to both integrators and end customers. Kemppi’s experienced welding engineers help customers to optimise their welding applications and offer comprehensive training covering all aspects of welding.
“Robotic welding and Asia are both strategic focus areas for Kemppi. The company made its first deliveries to China at the end of 1980s and has invested significantly in robotic welding solution development during the past years. The robotic welding application centre is a natural next step in serving the important and fast growing robotic welding markets in China and Southeast Asia even better”, says Hannu Jokela, vice president APAC and Export Sales, Kemppi Oy. “Local expertise is the key business factor for Kemppi.”
The centre is equipped with Kemppi’s wide range of robotic welding equipment and robots from well-known robot manufacturers. Visitors can see the state-of-the art A7 MIG Welder, KempArc Pulse450 and KempArc SYN500 welding automation systems in action. They can witness the efficiency and quality reached with Kemppi’s application optimised Wise welding processes and find out for themselves how easy the unique web browser-based user interface for A7 MIG Welder is to use and how much it saves setup time.
Kemppi robotic welding application centre is located in Kemppi China Subsidiary facilities in Beijing.