ESAB boasts more than a century of technological innovation:
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.