Weldability Sif have a heritage dating back to 1925 and the origins of the bronze brazing process. For almost a century, they have innovated in the development of welding products, and have supported the industry with technical assistance and consistent product quality. To read more about the history and heritage of the Sif range, see our Sifbronze History page.
Wholesale Welding Supplies Ltd (WWS) was formed in 1981 by Adrian Hawkins with a sole purpose to assist distributors to obtain and promote welding products for sale. In the early years of trading, the business established a firm financial foundation, and became widely known for introducing many product ranges from international sources to the UK welding market.
As the company developed, with the support of his late father, Peter Hawkins as Company Secretary, Keith Mullan as Distribution Director and an increasing, long-serving and committed team, WWS became focused on its own-brand range of accessories and consumables, and continued to grow each year. In 1997 Gareth Hawkins joined the company in external sales, and in 1999 Alexis Hawkins joined the internal sales team. Soon after the new millennium, the company relocated to a 35,000 sq ft office and warehouse facility in Letchworth Garden City, purpose-built, and enabling further economies of scale.
WWS celebrated their 25th anniversary trading year in 2006 with the third issue of their constantly-expanding Weldability catalogue. In addition to welding accessories and consumable products, the Weldability-brand range has grown to include equipment, tools, and personal protective products. The business identity was changed from WWS to Weldability, to underscore the commitment and success the company has experienced with its popular own brand.
In 2007, the Company acquired Sifbronze, the welding consumables division of the Suffolk Iron Foundry, known internationally as Sif. Sif is renowned for its manufacturing heritage, and for its complete range of quality welding consumables for MIG/GMAW, TIG/GTAW, Arc/SMAW, Oxy/Fuel Welding and Brazing, which have been used globally for almost a century.
Established in 1925, Sif have been at the forefront of innovations in brazing technology and have developed a range of specialised brazing wires for use in the MIG/SMAW and TIG/GTAW processes, which are popular throughout the automotive and industrial sectors for providing strong brazed bonds on ferrous and dissimilar metals, and are commonly used where distortion needs to be minimised.
In 2008, Sif was wholly integrated into the Weldability operation, with the company trading identity re-branded to Weldability Sif - representing the new era of Solutions In Fusion that this merger signified. The unique mix of manufacturing heritage and modern distribution offered by Weldability Sif provides its clients with a comprehensive range of welding products, professionally sourced and quality controlled.
The Weldability Sif catalogue now features 2,200 products, which represent the fast-moving consumable and equipment lines sold every day in the welding industry. Weldability Sif continues to offer the broadest and most comprehensive welding product portfolio available from a single UK source, and distributes via its network of Trading Partners, as well as through web and mail-order channels.
As The Welder's One-Stop Shop, Weldability Sif products are known and trusted by many corporations across the globe, with a vast product user customer base ranging from car hobbyists right through to large multi-national industrial gas and engineering companies.
Offering a wealth of knowledge and experience, key members of the Weldability Sif management team have represented The Welding Institute in a voluntary capacity on several European Norm working groups, and have been appointed to the National Executive of the Association of Welding Distribution. Furthermore, Weldability Sif are a voluntary member of the HSE Welding Partnership involved in researching and managing the "Respiratory Hazards in the Welding and Cutting Environment".
Much of what Weldability Sif have achieved would not have been possible without the help and support of their experienced and attentive staff, their loyal distributors and the ultimate end-users of Weldability Sif products, and this is increasingly recognised by the growing network of Trading Partners that have benefited from the promotion of the Weldability Sif product range.
For details of how you can become 'a part of the solution', contact Weldability Sif today.