SkillWeld 2014 Semi Final in Northern Ireland

by Rapid Welding 14. May 2014 15:53


SkillWeld 2014 Semi finalist 

The SkillWeld 2014 event took place on the 8th May in Northern Ireland at the Ballymena Campus, and we were very pleased to be sent this picture of one of the semi finalists who, we think, looks very happy with his prize.

The Save Phace welding helmets - as sponsored by Air Products and with the addition of their logo, were purchased through Rapid and don't they look great! 

Skillweld is a competition based in the UK for trainee welders of all ages with good levels of skills in MMA. MIG/MAG. The national final is to be held during The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham later on this year, and aims to give participants the chance to not only be involved in the UK'S premier craft and welding skill competition, but to raise the profile of the industry and compete on a national and international platform.

For more information on SkillWeld, visit The Welding Institute website. 

More information on Save Phace Welding helmets can be found here.




Happy Welding









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Our Week at MACH 2014

by Rapid Welding 22. April 2014 19:00

Life has returned to its normal hectic pace after MACH 2014. The vans have been unpacked, the blisters have healed, the aches and pains have eased. We have lots of enquires to follow up and people to contact, so all in all it was a show stopping success.

The gang arrived on the Sunday to set up the stand - our first chance to put it together since its maiden voyage at Seawork back in September last year. We were all pleased to improve on our 'set up' time, and those of us staying rewarded ourselves with a few drinks in the hotel bar.

The Stand

Monday arrived, and after a good breakfast and a short stomp around the lake to the NEC, we were on the stand and chatting away with people. To make life interesting, we had different representatives from the team joining us throughout the week - including the guys from Rent Arc - formally Bryant Welderental, which meant we had a whole host host of expertise and fresh faces each day. For those of us in it for the duration, it was great to welcome Jeff from CK once again. We had a lot of fun - despite his flight being delayed on the outward journey - and some good interest was shown in the CK products which proved a steady draw and kept Jeff on his toes and his jet lag at bay. 


  Jeff from CK & Gary from Rapid 

Despite some heart stopping moments setting up, the TV screen stayed put and didn't malfunction (thanks to Dave driving up from Portsmouth to prep the Wi-Fi and do the technical bit!). It was a brilliant way to access the Rapid Welding website when discussing certain product solutions. We found people were impressed with the wide selection of quality brands, and the ability, speed and consistency with which Rapid supplies to its far reaching customer base.

 Throughout the week, the WorldSkills competitions drew in a large number of visitors to support the event. It saw teams competing in seven different skill areas, and many of those present at MACH will go forward to the UK finals. Plenty of budding welders stopped by the stand for a chat, and it was promising to hear a number of them speak so positively about their training and their chosen industry. Of course, they were rewarded with the requisite Rapid mouse mat/ beer mat!

 Still smiling on Friday! 

On Thursday we had a visit form Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, and Thursday night was the AWD'S annual AGM and drinks reception. Even when Friday arrived, we were all still smiling - and that's the honest truth!

So we had a brilliant week, and we've already  made enquiries to do it all over again in 2016 with some great new ideas for the stand and, of course, new outfits for the girls!

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by for a chat and a cuppa, and give those of you new to the Rapid experience a very warm welcome. 

For all enquiries, please contact the team on 023 92 214 214 

Or visit the website by clicking here.


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Fronius AccuPocket 150 - Now Available at Rapid

by Rapid Welding 27. March 2014 09:34

This rechargeable cordless welder is now available from Rapid.

For those of you out in the field, welding in remote locations and struggling with generator or mains power sources, here's a good one for you. AccuPocket is a worlds first, providing answers to common mobile welding issues with its built in power reserve, compact dimensions and low weight (11kg with batteries). The AccuPocket is reliable too, functioning off a high-performance ironphosphate- based lithium-ion (LiFePO4) battery with a capacity of approx. 400 Wh. These batteries also have a long lifespan, are extremely powerful (Capable of welding up to six 3.2mm electrodes or up to 18 2.5mm electrodes), and offer relevant safety features such as protection against over charging, over heating, and short circuiting.



This Package is now available from Rapid and includes:

  • AccuPocket 150 Power Source
  • ActiveCharger 1000 Battery Charger
  • 3m MMA Cable Set
  • Hand Shield with Shade 9 & Clear Lens
  • Wire Brush
  • Welding Gloves
  • Large Carry Case with Wheel Trolley Function

Check out this video to see why Accupocket might be the solution for you. 

 For more information on this product contact Andy online or telephone: (0)23 92 214 214
Click here for more information about Fronius.
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MACH 2014 Update - It's Time To Get Involved!

by Rapid Welding 18. March 2014 10:26

With the show only weeks away, everyone is working hard at Rapid to make sure everything goes smoothly and the week equals & hopefully exceeds the success of 2012, our maiden exhibition. We'll be showcasing products from Kemppi, CK, Hypertherm and Plymovent to name but a few.

According to the MTA  (Manufacturing Technologies Association), there is an overall increase in exhibitors from 2012, with some big new names such as Rolls Royce and Airbus joining the throng. There are plenty of returning businesses as well, like our good selves, and pre registration for visitors is also recorded as being on the up, emphasising the general enthusiasm and positivity for engineering at all levels at the moment. 

Rapid will be returning to the Welding World Village on stand 4921e, so feel free to visit us for a chat and a catch up.

Check out our online profile at MACH and read about the exciting products we'll be showcasing this year.

It's time to get involved!


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MACH 2014 - Are You Ready!

by Rapid Welding 20. February 2014 09:33

I can't believe two whole years have past since our first exhibition at MACH - which also happened to be Rapid's first exhibition EVER! And once more, this coming April, we're at it again in Birmingham, only this year we're bigger and better than ever.

2014 started with a bit of bang for the Rapid team, and if you follow our blog you'll already know why. First there was the new addition of Rapid Marine back in 2013, then came the great news that Rapid was increasing yet again with the acquisiton of Bryant Welderental. Things have been going great guns, and we can't wait to get to MACH this year to spread the word about the services our ever expanding family now offers.


Come and meet our representatives from Rapid

MACH is the 'UK’s largest event for Manufacturing Technologies', showcasing the advancements made in the manufacturing industry. With 20,000 visitors from the UK and overseas anticipated, and with over 500 exhibitors, not to mention an insightful seminar programme running throughout the week, the five day event is sure to be an exciting, busy and worthwhile time for everyone.

Once more, the Rapid stand will be sited in the Welding World Village, which is hosted by the AWD (Association of Welding Distribution) - the team will be on stand 4921e. There's a write up and site plan of the Welding World Village in the February edition of Welding World Magazine out now, and don't forget to look out for further updates about which products we'll be featuring during the week.


 See you there!


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JOIN THE RAPID FAMILY - Experienced Buyer Opportunity

by Rapid Welding 17. February 2014 14:18







Location                Portchester

Contract                 Full time

Job type                 Buying

Salary                    £20000.00


Job description


Experienced BUYER required for our busy company.


Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be


·         To continually review our suppliers and stock, ensuring our stock levels are correct whilst the brands stocked and pricing are market competitive.

·         Full purchasing process:  from continual review of pricing & daily contact with suppliers while reviewing backorders ensuring goods arrive on time.

·         Listening to feedback from our both our internal and sales engineers to understand our customer requirements.

·         Being confident when working and meeting with suppliers.


As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.




·         Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm, one hour lunch, 42.5 hours per week.

·         20 days holiday per year + statutory holidays.  Compulsory Christmas & New Year shutdown.


What we're looking for


·         Experience in buying engineering and/or welding products

·         Proven history of negotiating skills

·         Understanding of general sales/purchasing procedures

·         IT literate including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)

·         Calm under pressure

·         Excellent communicator across all colleague levels.

·         Ideally have an engineering/ welding background.

·         The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service.


For more information on this position, please contact Marianne at  


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Kemppi Minarc Evo 180 - Coming Soon at Rapid

by Rapid Welding 10. February 2014 12:45

The new Minarc 180 is on its way from Kemppi and should be available from Rapid by Easter. This is good news for all you welders out there who are constantly on the go, working from different and often remote locations and need a portable unit.  

The New Minarc Evo 180 - a great choice for welders on the move

Mains or generator power supplied, the Minarc Evo 180 is designed to ensure great welding results every time, even with extra long supply cables. Large voltage reserves and automatic arc force control also means you'll have excellent arc stability regardless of your welding position.

Other on-site issues are overcome with the optional remote control facility, meaning you can adjust your welding parameters at a distance for fewer interruptions and a better overall weld result.

The New Minarc 180 at a Glance

SmileCan be used with all electrode types 

 SmilePortable and easy to carry for all you welders on the move

SmileOptional remote control adjustment

SmileDesigned for use with long supply cables

Smile170 amps MMA welding power output at 30% duty cycle

Smile180 amps DC TIG at 35% duty cycle

SmileEasy to read display

For more information on this new system from Kemppi, feel free to get in touch with Andy at Rapid. Contact details below: 

Rapid Welding: (0)23 92 214 214 or visit




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Introducing the NEW Hypertherm Powermax30 XP

by Rapid Welding 21. January 2014 14:40


'Rugged and Reliable' - We like the sound of that!

This is the claim made by Hypertherm about the new Powermax30 XP, set to be formally introduced on February 3rd, 2014. With that date just over a week away, Hypertherm have taken pity on us and released some information about this highly anticipated high performance plasma cutting system.

Here's a brief overview to tantalise your tastebuds!

Easy to use, and with 50% more cutting power than the original Powermax30 system, the new design makes for a versatile tool with a cutting ability of up to 16 mm.

 The 'rugged', I'm guessing, comes from the new Duramx LT (light) torch, which has been designed to survive impact and heat damage, while according to Hypertherm, the Powermax30 XP has twice the consumable life of its predecessor and is '70% more efficient on average for lower cutting costs', which makes it very 'reliable' sounding indeed. 

 But, as with all new innovations, it can't simply be a case of out with the old and in with the new. In their press release, Hypertherm confirmed they will continue producing consumables, replacement torches and other parts for the Powermax30 in the future, and any new orders for the old system will still be accepted on a 'while stocks last' basis.

Rapid customers will be delighted to know that as of the 10th February, 2014, orders for this new system will be available for delivery.

For information and updates on this great new system, and for all Hypertherm products, take a look at their website by clicking here.

And don't forget to visit Rapid at

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Welcome to the Rapid Group of Companies!

by Rapid Welding 8. January 2014 14:14


Some exciting news hot off the Rapid press!



On January 3rd, 2014, Rapid Welding Supplies Ltd completed the purchase of Bryant Welderental Ltd, and since the New Year we have been busy sharing this exciting news with all our valued customers and suppliers.

Increasing the Rapid family and group of companies means we have substantially increased our portfolio, and with a huge stock inventory we are now able to offer access to a wide range of products and services including welding equipment, consumables, and an extensive range of welding related products from leading brand names such as Miller, Lincoln Electric, Plymovent, Kemppi, Hypertherm, and Elga.


If hiring's your thing ...


One of the new changes to business is that Rapid is now proud to offer a UK wide Welder Rental service, and we're ready and able to hire equipment for every welding application in any industry sector. Current industries using this service include Petro-Chemical, Power Generation, Ship Building and Repair and Structural Steel Industries.

From Diesel Welder Generators to Plasma Cutting Machines, Fume Extraction Systems to Submerged Arc Welding Equipment and high quality welding consumables, we aim to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.


Just click Here for the full list of Welding Equipment available for hire.

As a business striving to offer the complete package to our customers, we work hard to cover all bases. We have factory trained service engineers available on site, as well as an in house machining facility and three local gas depots covering the areas of Hampshire and West Sussex. 

Rapid's website has always been key to ensuring we reach our customers effectively, and we now have the largest welding website in the UK offering qualified and experienced advice, online ordering, and transparent pricing.


So on behalf of all the team at Rapid, we would like to extend our warmest wishes for 2014, and we look forward to doing business and serving you in the New Year.





Order the NEW Powermax125 from Rapid NOW!

by Rapid Welding 27. November 2013 08:31

Hypertherm's Powermax125 system made its global debut at the Schweissen and Schneiden 2013 International Trade Fair for joining, cutting and surfacing technology back in September, and by all accounts the event was a big success for all 1,017 exhibitors, attracting many trade visitors from different countries and industries (including representatives from Rapid) over the six day event.

At Essen it was promised this system would become available in the closing stages of 2013, and that's a promise kept. Rapid is pleased to announce that as of this week, the Powermax125 is available to buy online.

The Powermax125

The Powermax plasma system is a useful and versatile tool suitable for any place of work. Whether you are shop or factory based, at home or out and about in the field, this widely popular range has grown to incorporate the Powermax125, the most powerful Powermax air plasma cutting and gouging system.

Enabling thicker and faster cuts on a wide variety of metal types, the Powermax125 is designed to comfortably cut 38mm material and severance cut up to 57mm with hand cutting torches, and has a 25mm mechanised pierce capability. It offers a 125amp output at 100% duty cycle providing maximum productivity and efficiency, thus affording greater productivity and lower operating costs to the user. 

Brief Overview of Features 

  • Increased productivity with cut speeds 5 times greater than oxyfuel on 12mm mild steel.
  • Superior cut and gouge quality, meaning less time spent on grinding and edge preparation.
  • 100% duty cycle maximizes cutting time
  • Reduce costs with consumable life up to four times longer than other systems in this amperage range.
  • Electrode end-of-life detection protects the torch and work-piece from damage by automatically stopping power when the electrode is overused.
  • No need to change the air pressure. Smart Sense™ technology ensures that it is always correctly set.

All models of the new Hypertherm125 plasma are now available from Rapid online. Just click on the link and the website page will open in a new window.

Alternatively give Andy a call to discuss you requirements on:

+44 (0)23 92 214 214

For more info on this product and other Hypertherm systems, visit  Rapid 's extensive online store or go to Hypertherm website





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