History

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 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 improvement.

Oscar Kjellberg founder of ESAB

Founder Bio

The foundation of ESAB was built early in the last century by an inventive engineer who sought a practical solution to a common problem.

Timeline

ESAB boasts more than a century of technological innovation. View our timeline.

Tomorrow's History Today

esab110-gradient-kWith 110 years of innovation under our belts, we’re looking to further shape the future of welding and cutting – starting now.

 

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