A team of young welders from Romania won top prize in this year's WeldCup competition, which took place at TWI last month.
The EWF European Young Welder Competition, WeldCup encouraged teams from across Europe and from China to showcase their excellent skills. This year's runner-up in was Germany, with the United Kingdom securing bronze.
WeldCup is an increasingly popular welding skills competition for young welders from across Europe. The competition allows competitors, many of whom are still undergoing training, to showcase their skills and meet other welders from across Europe and, in this second edition, even further afield.
WeldCup is aimed at fostering interest in the welding profession while promoting the career opportunities that exist in the industry, as well as recognising welding excellence amongst competing young welders. The competition was jointly organised 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 WeldCup 2015, with the teams coming from six 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.
WeldCup 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, said, 'I am delighted with the competition. The quality of welding has been very high, and the competitors have enjoyed the event. WeldCup 2015 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 seven teams, each required to produce a single test object using a combination of industrially relevant welding processes to weld plate 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:
- Manual metal arc welding (111)
- Metal active gas welding (135)
- Tungsten inert gas welding (141)
- Fluxed cored arc welding (136)
The final results gave first prize to the team of Romania, with Germany taking second place and the United Kingdom third.
Now that WeldCup 2015 is finished, preparations will begin for WeldCup 2017 in Germany.
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