Coregas has announced that Kyle Scott, the company’s National Sales Manager (Manufacturing), has been awarded the Chris Smallbone International Award as recognition of innovative contribution to technology in Australia.

The prestigious annual award, inaugurated in 2007 and presented by the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA), recognises an outstanding Australian who contributes to technology innovation in Australia through involvement with the WTIA and the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

Scott’s work centres on testing welding, cutting gases and processes either on customer premises or in the applications technology centre which he established at Coregas in Yennora, Sydney, and received the award for his valuable research and development work in the welding industry.

“I am very honoured to receive this award. This is a culmination of 23 years in the welding industry and I am proud to be a part of an industry that I believe has come a long way in that time,” Scott reflected.

“We have many talented, knowledgeable people, including many talented young people, in the industry and it’s important to foster that talent. This award is a great example of how we can do that.”

As part of the Chris Smallbone International Award, Scott will attend the 2008 IIW annual assembly and formally represent Australia at various IIW meetings including the general assembly and commission meetings. On his return to Australia, Scott will promote the activities of the IIW and share his experiences with Australian industry.

As part of Scott’s work at Coregas, he is also involved in sourcing overseas technology on welding and cutting gases, and products and processes and adapting or improving them for the Australian industry.

The Chris Smallbone International Award is named after the current Executive Director of the WTIA and President of the IIW.

Coregas is the largest Australian owned industrial, medical and speciality gases manufacturer and supplier and offers a broad range of gases that includes commonly used gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to the most rare of gases such as krypton.