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ESAB headquarters in Gothenburg.

ESAB, Elektriska Svetsnings-Aktiebolaget (English: Electric Welding Limited company), is a Swedish industrial company.


The company was founded by Oscar Kjellberg. In 1904 he pioneered the development of manual metal arc welding electrodes in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company sells equipment used in welding and cutting.

Other notable CEO was Lars Westerberg who ran ESAB for three years.

The ESAB group was acquired by Colfax Corporation on the 13th of January 2012.

Following the purchase the CEO of Colfax, Clay Kiefaber, stepped down to the president role of ESAB and was replaced at Colfax by Steve Simms. Clay and his team began a relentless mission in ESAB to improve the new product pipeline and improve bottom line performance.