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.
Fronius UK to host fourth Open House
Fronius UK promises an informative day brimming with fun as it hosts performance inspired Open House at its Technology Centre in Milton Keynes
The date for your diary is Wednesday 15th May. This is when Fronius UK will be opening its doors for visitors wanting to find out how they can fast-track to a higher performance. The day will cover the latest cutting-edge welding technology and processes from the world leaders in the field. Not your average Open House, this free event offers guests the chance to do a lap of the company’s technology centre, test their speed, accuracy and motor skills in various challenges throughout the day and enjoy a fun-filled day packed with interesting seminars and demonstrations. And with the theme of the day being performance, the day’s entertainment would not be complete without one or two performances that are sure to captivate.
When operating in a fast-paced environment with technology constantly evolving, the expectation to perform is high and the capacity to keep up can seem overwhelming, if not a little out of reach at times. When it comes to welding, Fronius is committed to providing the technology and ongoing support you need to you meet your performance goals. If there was ever a time to review your welding processes, or just find out what’s new, it’s now, and Fronius has just the event for you.
The technology day will be filled with product demonstrations featuring the very latest state-of-the-art systems. These include the highly flexible TPS/i welding system integrated with the legendary CMT process for manual and robotic welding applications, data analysis capabilities using the Fronius WeldCube, the newest, faster TIG welding process, ArcTig, which requires no prep on materials up to 10mm, Wire+Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM), the new generation of lightweight, portable and cordless welding systems and much more.
The day would not be complete without topical seminars from both Fronius and many external industry experts and gurus, providing visitors an informative day of product, process and industry knowledge. Subjects range from industry related products and associations right through to using social media to enhance your business’ performance and EV topics. A full list of speakers is available on the registration site. Fronius is also active in the fields of battery charging and solar energy so attendees will have plenty to feast their eyes over as this event caters for all three divisions.
“The Open House is an ideal opportunity to visit our facility and gain insight into the latest trends and solutions available in today’s market”, comments Sheldon Brear, director of welding for Fronius UK. “We look forward to welcoming all those interested in welding, to understand their welding challenges and to work with them on improving their welding processes.”
The Fronius UK Open House will take place on Wednesday 15th May, from 9.00 am to 16.00 pm with a hot lunch and refreshments being served throughout the day in the Fronius Biergarten. For more information about the Open House, demonstrations, exhibitors and seminars, and to register to attend, visit www.froniusopenhouse.co.uk
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.
ESAB’s European Tour 2019 focuses on the future of welding and cutting
Over the coming year customers can explore ESAB total solutions in welding and cutting products as the ESAB Demobus spectacular mobile showroom is enjoying another European tour.
This demobus highlights just how ESAB is setting new standards for shaping the future in welding and cutting as it has updated and put on board even more innovative new products and total welding and cutting solutions for the 2019 tour.
ESAB has been involved in many various projects from skyscrapers and racing cars to wind turbines and oil rigs. ESAB does some pretty epic work and none of it would be possible without each and every one of us – the welders, the distributors, the engineers, the tools of the trade.
The skills ESAB have and the everyday work they do varies greatly, but the commitment to that work moves the world forward in welding and cutting and you can catch a glimpse of this on the 2019 demobus tour.
ESAB has one of the broadest portfolios of products available within the welding and cutting world and offers total solutions to so many market segments.
Many new products will be featured on the demobus, including the Versotrac EWT 1000, the most versatile and user-friendly tractor on the market for submerged arc welding, MIG/MAG and Carbon Arc Gouging,
Versotrac’s rugged, modularised components can be disassembled into smaller units, hand-carried into confined or remote spaces and then reassembled in minutes. No tools are required.
Learn from the best
ESAB has a wealth of talent and experience throughout the company with years of experience in the industry. ESAB welding experts will be on hand to offer various support along with digital media video/presentations.
What sets ESAB apart
ESAB’s unique combination of people, product, and technology have all been rolled into one mobile showroom – the ESAB demobus.
For more up to date information about the Demobus tour, visit www.esab.com or contact:
ESAB completes acquisition of Sandvik welding business
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Sandvik welding operations including production units in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Sandviken, Sweden, the technical sales and product management organisation, as well as multi-year strategic collaboration on R&D for future product developments.
“Adding the Sandvik welding operations and its associates provides ESAB the opportunity to better serve customers with a broader and enhanced portfolio of stainless steel and nickel filler metals,” says Shyam Kambeyanda, president of ESAB.
ESAB will be working over the next several months to integrate the Sandvik welding consumables business and operations to provide a smooth transition for customers worldwide.
Sandvik is a world-class developer and manufacturer of stainless steels and special alloys for demanding environments and has been one of the leading global suppliers of welding consumables for more than 80 years.
ESAB is a world leader in welding filler metals, with a portfolio including stainless steel, nickel and high-alloy filler metals, strip cladding electrodes and fluxes sold under such respected brands as Shield-Bright, Core-Bright, Arcaloy, OK Autrod, OK, OK Band and Stoody. With the addition of the Sandvik welding products portfolio, ESAB offers an unmatched ability to meet customer needs.
ESAB Welding & Cutting Products, established in 1904, is a recognised leader in the welding and cutting industry. From time-honoured processes in welding and cutting to revolutionary technologies in mechanised cutting and automation, ESAB’s welding filler metals, equipment, and accessories bring solutions to customers around the globe.
For more information about ESAB and its leading brands, visit www.esab.com
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.