Nordic Welding Expo, the three-day cutting and welding show in Tampere, Finland, gathered the experts of the Nordic metallurgy industry together for the first time.

The show, which is due to end today, also saw the presence of the Finnish gas company rivals AGA and Woikoski. Both companies had impressive stands in the hall, which catered for more than 113 exhibitors.

Woikoski had on display its Fronius welding machines, Kayser pressure regulators and Pittars welding wires.
AGA on the other hand brought its experts from the new Linde Group to the exhibition. Yesterday Ola Runnerstam of AGA Sweden gave a speech on trends in shielding gases followed by a speech on arc brazing from Christoph Matz of the Linde Gas division.

In conjunction with the exhibition was also organised the Nordic Welding Conference, which gathered more than 200 welding professionals together. The young welders also had an opportunity to take part to the Nordic Welding Championships, the winner being able to take part to the welding world championships in Japan next year.

The event also saw high profile visitors and experts from the Finnish industry. The exhibition was officially opened by director Timo Kekkonen from the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK and Professor Risto Karppi from the Welding Society of Finland gave a speech at the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

The Finnish Welding Society also awarded three welding organisations for the first time. 2006 Welding award was honoured to John Deere Forestry for its long-term development for the welding industry, Lappeenranta Laser Processing Centre\\$quot;s pioneering work hard-earned the 2006 Research Unit award and Lappeenranta Technology University was awarded the 2006 Training Organisation award.