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Air Products paves first steps to welding expertise

Air Products supports a number of projects/initiatives which are aimed at upliftment and skills development. The South African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW) Young Welder of the Year is an example of such an initiative that Air Products has been supporting since 2004.

Please find information below on the competition as well as a high resolution version of the image attached.


Sean Young (Air Products Welding Specialist), Phillippus Terblanche (National Winner SAIW Youth Welding Challenge 2016) and Sean Blake (SAIW Executive Director) at the recent awards ceremony

Air Products has been supporting the South African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW) Young Welder of the Year competition since its inception in 2004 with the aim of contributing to the skills development of much needed welders in the country. This year is no different, and the company is still a major supporter of this competition which changed shape and is now known as the Youth Welding Challenge.

According to Josua Le Roux, General Manager and Chairman of Air Products’ CSI committee, the sponsorship forms part of the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) strategy that is focused on education and training of youth in the country, especially in areas where there is a shortage of skills.

“As a leading supplier of welding gases, we are privileged to make a contribution to the development and growth of young welders in the country”, says Sean Young, Air Products’ Welding Specialist. Young further mentions that welding is a critical skill in many industries and Air Products believe they can assist in creating an opportunity for young welders to showcase their expertise.

About Air Products South Africa

Air Products South Africa (Pty) Limited manufactures, supplies and distributes a diverse portfolio of atmospheric gases, specialty gases, performance materials, equipment and services to the Southern African region.
Air Products touches the lives of consumers in positive ways every day, and serves customers across a wide range of industries from food and beverage, mining and petrochemicals, primary metal and steel manufacturers, chemical applications, welding and cutting applications to laboratory applications.

Founded in 1969, Air Products South Africa has built a reputation for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety, quality and the environment. In addition the company aims to continue its growth and market leadership position in the Southern African region.

For more information, please feel free to contact me on the numbers below:

Lizette Stokes

Communications Officer

T +2711.977.6470

F +2711.977.6671

C +2771.684.7352



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