ESAB to sponsor shipweld competition for apprentices

29 February 2012

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ESAB to sponsor shipweld competition for apprenticesESAB is sponsoring the prestigious 2012 ShipWeld competition, which identifies the UK's outstanding young welding apprentices. The competition, now into its fourth year, will comprise inter-yard events around the UK, with prizes presented by ESAB for the apprentice welders placed first and second. The winner and runner-up from each inter-yard competition will go through to participate in the grand final, which this year is taking place at BAE Systems Surface Ships, Portsmouth, from 9-11 October 2012.

Participating yards in 2012 will be:

  • BAE Systems – Submarine Solutions, Barrow-in-Furness
  • BAE Systems Surface Ships, Govan
  • BAE Systems Surface Ships, Portsmouth
  • Babcock Marine, Rosyth
  • Babcock Inernational Group, Appledore
  • Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders, Birkenhead

The winner for 2011, which holds the ESAB Challenge Cup, is Babcock International Group, Appledore.

As sponsor of the competition, ESAB will supply all the welding machines and consumables for use at the final. The company's latest MIG/MAG/MMA inverter-based welding machines will be used, along with ESAB OK Tubrod 15.14 and electrodes.

Looking forward to this year''s event, Cheron Robinson, ESAB Publicity Manager, comments: "ESAB has been really pleased with the impact ShipWeld has made on UK shipyards and is delighted to be sponsoring the competition. Each year the event grows in stature and the quality of the welding rises to ever-higher standards."

For more information about ESAB welding and cutting technologies and the 2012 ShipWeld competition, call ESAB Publicity on +44 (0)800 3893152 or email .

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