Timeline

ESAB boasts more than a century of technological innovation:

Oscar Kjellberg, the inventor of the coated electrode and ESAB's founder.

The all-welded workshop boat ESAB IV 1920.

ESAB’s first friction stir welding machine, SuperStir™ at Marine Aluminium, Norway.

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 coated welding electrode.

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

1944: Revolutionary 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.

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

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

Old welding accessories.

Dipping electrodes and hanging them up to dry 1960.

Campaign picture for the ICE, process.

 

 

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