High speed welding technology manufacturer K-TIG is expanding into the United Kingdom and Europe, appointing former KPMG corporate strategist Benjamin Hall to lead its expansion globally.
The company’s new subsidiary, Keyhole TIG (UK) follows the company’s successful penetration of the United States market, where it partnered with Key Plant Automation, a manufacturer of welding equipment and robotic production cells.
Keyhole TIG will employ a direct sales force and establish a technology demonstration centre, establish logistics and warehousing operations and expand partnerships with system integrators.
K-TIG technology is a highly refined, keyhole variation of TIG/GTAW developed by the CSIRO more than a decade ago that dramatically improves cost, quality and welding productivity.
K-TIG managing director Adrian Smith said US experience would guide market development in Europe.
Smith said: “The time has come to expand this model into our second most important market.
“As the UK comes out of Covid hibernation we are seeing a resumption of activity in the fabrication of nuclear waste containment vessels.”
Hall joins K-TIG from the London office of KPMG’s global strategy group where as engagement manager, he was responsible for the development of UK Government industrial strategy.
He is also a former Australian army officer.
Hall said: “My first priority is to reach a formal agreement in the nuclear waste storage market.
“We will then look to expand our collaboration efforts in hydrogen storage and transport, as well as continuing our R&D.”
Picture: Benjamin Hall
Subscribe to our free @AuManufacturing newsletter here.