It’s not every day that senior executives from tube and pipe giants such as Baosteel, TPCO, Shandong Taifeng and Qianjin Steel gather in one room. It’s even rarer to find them seated next to representatives from line makers such as Japan’s Kusakabe, as well as reporters from China’s leading tube and pipe trade publi cations. But on January 22 this year, more than 60 senior decision-makers and influencers from China’s tube and pipe industry came together in Shanghai for a seminar organized and hosted by EFD Induction. The seminar began with opening remarks from Ding Guoliang, President of the China Cold Roll-Forming Steel Association. Inggard Torvik, CEO of EFD Induction Norway was also present, and provided a brief history of the company and how it continues to be at the forefront of finding new industrial uses for induction heating. When the speeches were concluded, participants began a tour of our new manufacturing facility for solid-state Weldac welding
systems. Indeed, one of the highpoints of the day was the product demonstrations where participants could examine our very latest Weldac. EFD Induction technicians were on hand to demonstrate and explain Weldac’s benefits, especially the high uptime achieved by using rugged IGBT transistors and our patented switching technology. After viewing the facility and seeing the Weldac in action, Lai Xingtao, manager of Baosteel’s HFW welding plant, said: “After five years’ successful use of an EFD induction 1.8MW tube welder, I don’t see any reason to turn to any other supplier than EFD Induction for large-sized tube welding. I say this not only because of the quality and efficiency of EFD Induction’s highly ranked technology, but also because of their excellent after-sales service.” Off course, it’s always encouraging to hear such comments. But it’s extra encouraging when they come from a senior executive at the world’s third largest steel maker.
The seminar illustrated just how successful EFD Induction has been in winning trust and confidence in China. We began in 2001 with a major manufacturing plant in Shanghai, and last year opened the new custom-built Weldac factory in the same city. We have also opened a sales office in Beijing, and a year ago we unveiled our new center in Guangzhou in the south of the country. The new facility in Guangzhou includes sales and service offices, as well as a state-of-the-art 1,000 sq. meter induction coil factory. This new base will let us expand our cooperation with existing customers in south China—and of course, let us offer our expertise to new partners in the region.