American Weldquip appoints district manager

David DiBiase

American Weldquip Inc. appointed David DiBiase district sales manager for Michigan. DiBiase will be responsible for managing all sales activities in Michigan. He joins the company with more than 30 years of process experience in robotic and semi-automatic welding applications as well as an extensive sales and management background. Prior to joining the company, DiBiase… Continued

Fronius announces director of sales & marketing

Stefan Mayr

  Fronius USA LLC starts 2017 with Stefan Mayr as its new director of sales and marketing in the Perfect Welding Division. His most recent position was global manager for resistance spot welding. Mayr has been with the company since 1997 when he started out as a four-year apprentice in electrical engineering. He then worked… Continued

AWS hires new COO

The American Welding Society named Matt Miller chief operating officer. Before joining the AWS, Miller worked at the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE International) as COO. Prior to working at NACE, Miller was with the Society of Automotive Engineers for 12 years where he served as director of the SAE Foundation and SAE’s Pre-Professional… Continued

Praxair and Linde announce merger

The Linde Group and Praxair Inc. intend to merge in an effort to expand key geographies while building complementary solutions. The proposed merger would bring together two companies in the global industrial gas industry, leveraging the strengths of each. The transaction would unite Linde’s leadership in technology with Praxair’s efficient operating model.

Blackbird Robotics’ remote welding lab


Blackbird Robotics hosted an open house for its Sterling Heights, Mich., facility. Attendees visited the new remote welding applications laboratory and were given an overview of the technology advances in 2-D and 3-D scan heads, controls, and seam finding and tracking solutions. Also, an exhibition of sample parts from production applications was presented. The remote… Continued

Schwamberger joins welding cooperative

The Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative named Eric Schwamberger its distribution center operations manager. Schwamberger will be responsible for installing supply chain best practices to drive efficiency and productivity gains in the IWDC’s Indianapolis and Reno, Nev., distribution centers.

Fronius names welding division head


Fronius Intl. GmbH named Harald Scherleitner as the new head of its Perfect Welding division. He succeeds Wolfgang Lattner, who plans to retire in 2017. Scherleitner has been with the company since 1994 and has spent the last eight years as head of the Perfect Charging division. His successor at that division is Patrick Gojer,… Continued

Yaskawa Motoman receives training reaccreditation

Yaskawa Motoman, a provider of robotic systems for arc welding and other applications, has been awarded reaccreditation status from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Yaskawa Academy offers more than 75 courses and features a welding lab and robots in the classrooms for hands-on learning.

Sumig USA hires business director

Sumig USA appointed Steve Saumier director of business development to its management team. Saumier brings more than 30 years of experience in the North American welding market. The company manufactures welding products and systems, including turnkey robotic cells, GMAW torches and consumables.

Rockford hires VP of marketing

Carrie Halle

Rockford Systems LLC announced Carrie Halle as vice president of marketing. Halle will report directly to Joe Nitiss, CEO of Rockford Systems. With more than 25 years of business-to-business marketing experience, she will be responsible for managing strategic and marketing programs, with a short-term focus on web development, re-focusing the brand, channel marketing programs and… Continued

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