14 May 2009: Last night the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA) named BOC WTIA Company of the Year 2008. The announcement was made at the WTIA’s annual awards night held as part of National Manufacturing Week and WeldTech Exhibition taking place in Melbourne.
The prestigious honour was awarded to BOC for their advancement of welding and joining as well as their contributions to industry in Australia since 1935.
WTIA Executive Director, Chris Smallbone said, “BOC has provided outstanding service to the welding industry. It is a major provider of welding equipment in the South Pacific Region. “The company places such importance on welding that they employ eight Welding Product Specialists (WPSs) in four separate regions around the country to assist customers in achieving welding best practice.
“BOC is a Sustaining Member of the WTIA and a Technology Support Centre within the WTIA’s OzWeld Technology Support Centres Network. BOC has supported technology forums, workshops and demonstrations with the WTIA including Welding Processes ½ Day Workshops,” Mr Smallbone concluded.
Since the start of 2008 BOC has brought a number of new welding products to market including the MagMATE Flame Gas Equipment, Smootharc TIG 200 AC/DC, Gas saver kits, the Smoothcut 160 Plasma Cutter and ProFill Mild Steel gas rods.
Last year BOC hosted an independent series of seminars on the latest developments in laser materials processing from around the globe where they shared the exciting opportunities high power lasers offer to the manufacturing industry and potential future developments.
Dr John Coyne, General Manager, Industrial Equipment & Safety received the award on behalf of the company saying, “It is a privilege to have been chosen as the Company of the Year 2008 by the WTIA. Our staff have worked hard all year and this award is great recognition of this.
“Our Welding & Trade Tools business is a very important part of our business as we look to the future. BOC have 85 Gas & Gear stores, 1000 gas agents and over 400 equipment partners all over Australia and New Zealand.
“We are working on some very exciting projects to bring new products to market to make welding safer and more productive.
“We thank the WTIA for bestowing this great honour on us and we are looking forward to continuing to lead the welding industry into the future,” concluded Dr Coyne.
Also last night BOC were nominated finalists for the Environmental Scheme of the Year Award, the Safety Solution of the Year Award and the Young Manufacturer of the Year Award at the Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Awards night.