25 years of continuous growth – GCE looking to the future after anniversary celebrations


Time flies when you’re having fun, and the speed of change at Gas Control Equipment (GCE) has been very swift indeed. With GCE formed in 1987 out of a merger between the welding businesses of AGA and ESAB, 2012 sees the company celebrate 25 years of successful business.

It’s been a quarter of a century epitomised by continuous development and an ongoing outreach into new markets. GCE has grown at a healthy pace due to an initial strategy of consolidating the industrial gas equipment business, starting in Europe.

Following the 50-50 joint venture between AGA and ESAB that created GCE on 1st January 1987, the group embarked on a vigourous path of development and acquisition activity that really took shape after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

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