The industrial gas manufacturer Air Liquide has opened an innovation and training center for welding and cutting in Krefeld.
Air Liquide has invested around 1.7 million euros in its "SchweisserCampus". Starting immediately, research, testing and training with various welding and cutting processes will be carried out in Krefeld – in the immediate vicinity of the numerous metalworking companies in the Rhine and Ruhr regions.
It is Air Liquide's declared goal to actively shape the future of welding – for example by using 3D printing robots. The French company is one of the largest industrial gas producers in the world and has invested 600 million euros in its German industrial facilities alone over the last five years. Air Liquide operates 75 sites with 4,500 employees throughout Germany.
The new welding campus in Krefeld offers 540 square meters of space for training and conferences as well as a laboratory for metallurgical analysis and evaluation. The facility has been officially recognized as an educational institution by the German Welding Association (DVS). The semester is scheduled to start on 5 March.