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History

The story of Welding Alloys is one of passion, courage, and innovation. Our founder, Jan Stekly, was first introduced to the world of wire production while working at a wire mill during a summer holiday in Vancouver, Canada. As a Metallurgical Engineer, Jan Stekly held various positions with welding companies and soon realised that he had found his passion.

Our company was born in 1966, when Jan, with the support of his wife Cathy, courageously set out on his own and built his first fused flux crushing machine in a humble agricultural bungalow in Fowlmere, England. The flux business was an immediate success and allowed Jan to quickly expand into hardfacing wires, something for which we would ultimately become a recognised global leader and innovator.

Often described as a global citizen, a people-person, and a multi-linguist, Jan continued to expand our production capability into new continents, countries, and locations, giving the company a strong competitive advantage. Today, the business is led by Jan’s son Dominic, who continues to build on the values and unique culture of innovation and dedicated customer focus, first established over 55 years ago by Jan Stekly.

1966

Foundation Foundation of Welding Alloys Ltd at Fowlmere, near Cambridge (UK) by Jan Stekly.

1968

Hardfacing cored wires production We start producing hardfacing cored wires.

1973

Welding Alloys France opens Welding Alloys France opens; the Welding Alloys Group is born.

1974

First generation of welding equipment We design and manufacture our first generation of welding equipment.

1976

Welding Alloys South Africa is established We establish our first African company - Welding Alloys South Africa.

1980

Welding Alloys Far East opens We open our first company in Asia - Welding Alloys Far East.

1982

Welding Alloys Deutschland opens Welding Alloys Deutschland opens

1985

Welding Alloys Italiana opens Growth continues in Europe; Welding Alloys Italiana opens.

1986

Welding Alloys USA opens Welding Alloys USA is the first subsidiary to open in the Americas.

1990

Super duplex cored wires created We create the first super duplex cored wires.

1993

Welding Alloys Polska opens Welding Alloys Polska opens.

1993

Welding Alloys Russia opens Welding Alloys Russia opens.

1995

Welding Alloys Brazil opens Welding Alloys Brazil opens.

1996

Manufacturing of seamless cored wires We develop new technology for continuous manufacturing of seamless cored wires.

1997

Fully digital welding machines - WAMS D2 We launch our second generation of fully digital welding machines - WAMS D2.

1998

Development of Wires We develop basic flux cored nickel base, duplex, and austenitic stainless-steel wires.

1999

Welding Alloys Japan opens We expand our presence in Asia; Welding Alloys Japan opens.

1999

Development of cored wire compositions We develop cored wire compositions included in important international standards.

1999

Our subsidiary in the USA expands Our subsidiary in the USA expands, a new 22 500 square foot wire production facility opens in Kentucky.

2000

Welding Alloys Thailand opens Welding Alloys Thailand opens.

2001

Welding Alloys Argentina opens Welding Alloys Argentina opens.

2002

Acquisition of Speedmet in Turkey Acquisition of Speedmet in Turkey: Aluminium consumable manufacturer.

2003

Welding Alloys China opens We continue to grow the business in Asia; Welding Alloys China opens.

2004

Welding Alloys Mexico opens Welding Alloys Panamericana opens in Mexico.

2004

Launch of patented Hardlite wear plates Launch of patented Hardlite wear plates.

2007

Welding Alloys España opens Welding Alloys España opens.

2007

Third generation of fully digital welding machines Third generation of fully digital welding machines (D3 and D3-Touch).

2008

Welding Alloys Vietnam opens Welding Alloys Vietnam opens.

2010

Welding Alloys Morocco opens Welding Alloys Morocco opens.

2010

Welding Alloys Taiwan opens Welding Alloys Taiwan opens.

2011

Acquisition of Alunox in Germany Acquisition of Alunox in Germany: Consumable distributor.

2011

Welding Alloys Turkey opens Welding Alloys Turkey opens.

2011

Welding Alloys USA purchases Track-weld Industries Welding Alloys USA purchases Track-weld Industries: innovator and leader in rail maintenance.

2011

Welding Alloys India opens Welding Alloys South Asia opens in India.

2012

Acquisition of Dalforsån in Sweden Acquisition of Dalforsån in Sweden: Steel market roll manufacturer.

2012

Acquisition of Produr in France Acquisition of Produr in France: Advanced solution provider.

2012

Welding Alloys Far East relocates Welding Alloys Far East relocates to an integrated wire production and service facility.

2013

Welding Alloys France celebrates 40 years Welding Alloys France celebrates 40 years.

2015

Reptec de Guatemala and Welding Alloys form a partnership Reptec de Guatemala and Welding Alloys form a partnership to better address the sugar and cement industries in Central America.

2016

Welding Alloys Peru opens We continue to grow in the Americas; Welding Alloys Peru opens.

2016

Welding Alloys USA celebrates 30 years Welding Alloys USA celebrates 30 years.

2016

We celebrate our 50th anniversary We celebrate our 50th anniversary.

2017

Additional investment into Speedmet Additional investment into Speedmet - new production facility with the latest technology equipment.

2018

Welding Alloys USA develops MillCarb technology Welding Alloys USA develops MillCarb technology, wear protection for mill grinding components.

2019

Welding Alloys (FZE) opens in UAE Welding Alloys (FZE) opens in UAE.

2022

Welding Alloys USA opens a new 15 000 square foot service centre Welding Alloys USA opens a new 15 000 square foot service centre in Florence Kentucky.

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