AIS is becoming a leading force in welding services after significantly investing in new facilities and expertise.
As well as recently purchasing one of the welding industry’s most well-known players, Huddersfield-based Specialty Welds, AIS is utilising this expertise to create a new world-leading welding training and coding centre within its 12-acre state-of-the-art industrial training village in North Tyneside.
Coded welding courses, from basic level up to the highest international industry standards and in all processes including Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG), Manual Metal Arc (MMA) Metal Active and Metal Insert Gas (MIG/MAG) will be delivered in 15 custom-built welding bays and workshop areas in a brand new facility. AIS has also become the only place in the UK to have a Zurich-accredited welding surveyor onsite to witness all coded tests, allowing welding training and testing together in one location.
Speciality Welds is one of the leading players in the welding and sub-sea sector and currently manufactures several patented sub-sea welding products and services. Acquiring the company means AIS is now also able to deliver underwater welding training from the company’s Huddersfield site – a highly-prized skill used in the marine and offshore sector and one which people travel from all over the world to acquire.
Manufacturing of welding products is being transferred to AIS’s state-of-the-art fabrication facility in North Shields, where the company currently designs, makes and installs specialist insulation and fire protection jacketing systems for industry.
Paul Stonebanks, managing director of AIS Group said: “Speciality Welds has an excellent reputation and more than 35 years of experience in the welding sector so it’s a great strategic fit for the business.
“Welding skills are much in-demand and there are huge skills shortages across sectors like manufacturing. Coded welders in particular are highly prized by employers because the ‘coding’ or testing provides assurance that the person can perform at that level.
“Using Speciality Welds’ expertise we want to create a world-class welding-training and coding offer where people get expert tuition and assessment services together in one place, as well as providing high-quality welding products. We also want to help companies navigate through directives such as European Standard EN1090 to ensure they comply with all the legislation around the fabrication and assembly of steel and aluminium structures – something many businesses are currently unsure of.”