SA welding innovation takes out defence award

South Australian welding technology company K-TIG has claimed an Innovator Award at the DTC Defence Industry Awards.

South Australian welding technology company K-TIG has claimed an Innovator Award at the annual DTC Defence Industry Awards.

The awards, sponsored by the Department of Industry and Science and held by the Defence Teaming Centre, recognise innovations that have benefited the defence industry in SA.

''In two short years, K-TIG has managed to turn the way we think about welding on its head and has developed technologies which have eluded the world's largest welding equipment manufacturers in the US and Europe'' said Neil Le Quesne, K-TIG’s CEO, in a statement.

The company’s keyhole TIG welding method (from which it gets its name), uses technology patented at the CSIRO, which its inventor, Dr Laurie Jarvis, then commercialised.

''This technology places a tool in the hands of fabricators which routinely reduces the time, gas and power required to weld steels and exotic materials by more than 90%'' added Le Quesne.

Last year the company took out a Manufacturers’ Monthly Endeavour Award for Australian Industrial Product of The Year.