About Us

JOURNEY THROUGH OUR HISTORY…

1922:

JB Arnold was established on 1st June, 1922. Specialising in the manufacturing of gas welding and spray painting equipment.

1923:

EMF Electric established in 1923. Manufacturers of arc welding machines and electrodes.

1935:

JB Arnold became apart of Commonwealth Industrial Gases (CIG).

1939:

CIG acquires EMF Electric.

1946:

CIG equipment factory is formed.

1957:

The COMET 1 Torch was released, reinvented as a brass handled product.
1967: COMET 2 launched
1975: COMET 3 launched

1962:

CIG Equipment Division was formed. Incorporating the equipment factory of JB Arnold’s Carlton and West Melbourne plants, and EMF’s North Carlton Arc Equipment plant and Abbotsford Electrode and Wires plant. All were relocated to Preston, VIC.

1985:

With a focus on welding and gas equipment, CIG Equipment division formed CIGWELD.

1989:

CIGWELD sold to Investment Group and Snr. Management Consortium.

1996:

CIGWELD acquired by Thermadyne. Thermadyne was originally founded in 1987, and brought with it an impressive portfolio of other welding and cutting brands.

Stoody, Thermal Dynamics, Tweco, Arcair and Victor.

1999:

CIGWELD moves gas equipment manufacturing warehouse and administration office to premises in Gower Street, and opens new distribution warehouses in QLD, WA and SA.

2005:

In China, CIGWELD establishes Fluida gas equipment manufacturing facility, and Thermadyne WFOE in Ningbo.

Sales office opened in Shanghai.

2010:

Thermadyne, including CIGWELD, acquired by IPC Irving Place Capital.

2012:

CIGWELD parent company, Thermadyne changed to Victor Technologies. CIGWELD Pty Ltd continue to operate in Australia as the trading entity throughout the Asia Pacific market.

2014:

Victor Technologies and the brands of CIGWELD, Stoody, Tweco, Arcair, Comweld Medical and Thermal Dynamics are acquired by ESAB, a world leader in the production of Welding and Cutting Equipment, and Consumables.

The parent company of ESAB is Colfax. A multi-platform industrial enterprise providing solutions that ‘make the world work’.

INNOVATION DEFINES OUR FUTURE.