Strength through cooperation
ESAB is a world leader in the welding and cutting industry. Our innovative, world-renowned equipment and solutions are developed with input from our customers and built with the expertise and heritage of a manufacturing leader. ESAB serves a global market in the following key areas: manual welding and cutting equipment, welding consumables, welding automation, mechanized cutting systems.
The story of ESAB is the story of welding. When our founder Oscar Kjellberg developed the world's first coated welding electrode in 1904, he launched a company whose uncompromising standards have helped create the history of welding itself. Kjellberg’s invention substantially improved the quality of weld metal. 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 recognise the possibilities of the heavy flux coating in preventing atmospheric contamination and is today recognised 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 the foundation, 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.
The group is organized in the regions Europe, North America, South America, Asia/Pacific and India. The company 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 company’s Shared Service Centre was launched in 2009, located in Budapest. ESAB Global Business Services employs more than 200 people who provides business support in customer service, supply chain, finance and IT field.
The ESAB Group is owned by Colfax Corporation.