1971 - 1981
Leading employees of KEBE Ersatzteile part with the company and form HANCOCK GmbH in Dörnigheim, Germany.
The construction of the modern high-bay storage system increases warehouse capacity and accelerates delivery times – the key to even better customer service.
ESAB Inc. in den USA is set up.
A new electrode plant is built in Perstorp, Sweden.
The A21, one of the first orbital tube joint welding machines in Germany, is launched. Invention of the LHD thyristor controlled rectifier. A year later sees the first application of thyristor control in the successful A6 welding tractor.
Introduction of the black and yellow logotype.
ESAB-Ekman Welding pte in Singapore, ESAB-Iran Co, ESAB-Roman in Portugal and ESAB Manufacturing Inc, USA, are set up.
The ESAB cutting division relocates to the new production plant in Karben, near Frankfurt, Germany.
A new expansion phase begins with the acquisition of Tehac Maschinenbau, Bochum, Germany.
ESAB Australia Pty Ltd. is set up. A production plant for semi-automatic equipment opens in Laxa, Sweden.
ESAB becomes a major shareholder in Health Engineering Co, USA and Masing-Kirkhof, Germany.
ESAB acquires Sarazin Soudure in France.
Opening of a new electrode plant in Milan, Italy.
KEBE-Ersatzteile is founded to guarantee delivery of spare parts for outdated cutting machinery.
The company now trades under the name of ESAB GmbH. Launch of the LHF type thyristor controlled rectifier. Gehac Maschinenbau moves to Solingen, Germany, and starts manufacturing welding appliances.
ESAB takes over Varios Fabrieken BV in Holland.
ESAB buys HANCOCK GmbH, a British firm specialising in oxy-fuel cutting.