Romania wins WeldCup2015


European Federation for Welding, Joining and CuttingRomania won the first prize of WeldCup2015. Organized by European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting, the EWF European Young Welder Competition pushes teams from across Europe and from China to showcase their excellent skills and aims at engaging young students into following a career in the industry, most notably in welding. Germany took the second place and the United Kingdom third.

WeldCup is aimed at fostering interest in the welding profession while promoting the career opportunities that exist in the industry, as well as recognizing welding excellence amongst competing young welders. The competition took place at The Welding Institute, at Granta Park, near Cambridge, and was jointly organized by TWI and EWF, the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting. The industrial sponsors were Lincoln Electric UK and Air Products. Participating teams of three young welders who had won their National selections competed for WeldCup2015, with the teams coming from 6 European countries – Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Hungary and Romania – as well as one guest team from China. By participating in this competition, young welders enjoyed a unique opportunity to exchange best practices and compare their welding skills against their peers from across Europe.

The WeldCup European Young Welder Competition has made a positive statement about the quality of the welding profession and its relevance to the growth of the region. In congratulating the winning team from Romania, Eur Ing Chris Eady, Associate Director for Professional Affairs and Certification at TWI also said, “I am delighted with the competition, the quality of welding has been very high, and the competitors have enjoyed the event, WeldCup2015 has clearly shown that welding is a winner. Whether by weight or by volume, the largest part of engineering production is through manual welding of steel, and the excellent level of welding competence shown by all the competitors gives high confidence for the future of manufacturing and fabrication in Europe.”  

The competition featured 7 teams, each required to produce a single test object using a combination of industrially-relevant welding processes to weld plat and pipe in both carbon and stainless steel. The quality of the welding and the accuracy of the finished fabrication were assessed and marked by judges from the participating countries.
The competition was staged in the following four welding processes:
1. Manual metal arc welding (111)
2. Metal active gas welding (135)
3. Tungsten inert gas welding (141)
4. Fluxed cored arc welding (136)

Now that WeldCup 2015 is finished, it is time to start preparing for WeldCup 2017 in Germany.