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Machine of the Week – Bode Hydraulic Elevating Positioner

Machine of the Week
Bode Hydraulic Elevating Welding Positioner.

Solve your welding and work piece handling applications with one solution!


Key Features:

  • Capacity 7500KG
  • 1500mm face plate, 150mm eccentricity
  • approx dims 3.7 x 2.1 x 1.2m high when table down and horizontal

Click here for full details and more photos, or call Craig on +44(0) 1162 696941

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Did you know we also buy equipment? As well as selling a large range of used and refurbished machinery, we are always looking to buy equipment for ongoing orders and stock, contact Peter Westerman on +44(0) 1162 696941 or click here to fill out our simple form and send photographs. Get cash back in the bank for surplus machinery!

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Vicky final round IMBA in Switzerland

Motocross Action Shots of Leicestershire’s Vicky Marriott

Vicky is competing in the final round of the IMBA Women’s Motocross Championship this weekend in Switzerland.

Vicky is one of 3 women from Great Britain. She will be riding a KTM in this European Championship.





With one round to go in Switzerland this weekend, 2nd October Vicky is looking to further improve her standings and finish her first European championship in the teens.

Good Luck Vicky
The gang at Westerman’s are all behind you.
Fantastic to see you wearing our kit! 🙂

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Automotive Engineering in Britain Booming

More cars built in UK for more than a decade

By Karrmann
– Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Taken from a report in the Guardian on the British Automotive Industry, figures show Car production increased by 7.6% in July, taking the total since the start of 2016 past 1 million mark, the biggest number for more than a decade.

There figures were according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. To this date, output is up by 12.3% to 1,023,723. This was the first time since 2004 that the 1m milestone has been reached in July and comes despite the Brexit vote in June.


Vauxhall Viva 1967

Production for the UK market increased by 14.1% last month, while exports rose by 6%. Almost 80% of cars manufactured this year, more than 750,000, were destined for overseas markets. The EU is the biggest export market for cars made in the UK.

UK Car Production

UK car production in 2016 is booming, with new British-built models in demand across the world and we can see that with the increase of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles on our roads today and the transporters heading to the Ports too.


Land Rover 1967

Manufacturers have invested billions to develop new models and produce them competitively in the UK. Future success will depend on continued new car demand and attracting the next wave of investment, so Britain must demonstrate it remains competitive and open for business.

The industry body has warned that carmakers faced a skills shortage if the rights of people from the rest of Europe to work in the UK were restricted.


MG MGB 1967

Materials and applications have certainly changed over the years in the automotive industry but there is still a need for welding, joining and riveting.  Robotics are needed in some car plants but skills of joining technologies are a must to start with.

If you want to be part of this growing industry and work for the UK company who are certainly taking over the roads with sexy cars since joining forces then read on.


Volvo 1967

These Cars were made the year we established – 1967

Joining Technology Manager

ADVERTISED SALARY: £60,000 – £65,000

An ever-evolving heritage. A truly exciting future. Two of the world’s most iconic brands. Jaguar Land Rover is revered across the globe. Continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and redefining the benchmark for excellence, we set the standards others want to follow. We want to keep it that way too. Which is where you join the journey.


To be successful in this role, you’ll need in-depth knowledge and experience of a range of Joining Technologies, in particular, Self Pierce Riveting (SPR) of aluminium and Resistance Spot Welding (RSW) of steel. Ideally, you’ll have knowledge of other joining technologies such as laser welding, flow drive screws, MIG welding and adhesives. You’ll have a mechanical engineering degree (or comparable) or equivalent experience.  Moreover, you’ll have a significant experience of project management of facility installation and commission and also practice in delivering technical solutions through team leadership.

This job is based in Birmingham, England and was posted on the Jaguar Landrover site on 16.9.2016.  Click here to visit the site and vacancy.

Spot Welding

tecna spot welding gun

Spot welding is typically used when welding particular types of sheet metal, welded wire mesh or wire mesh. Thicker stock is more difficult to spot weld because the heat flows into the surrounding metal more easily. Spot welding can be easily identified on many sheet metal goods, such as metal buckets. Aluminium alloys can be spot welded, but their much higher thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity requires higher welding currents. This requires larger, more powerful, and more expensive welding transformers

Perhaps the most common application of spot welding is in the automobile manufacturing industry, where it is used almost universally to weld the sheet metal to form a car. Spot welders can also be completely automated, and many of the industrial robots found on assembly lines are spot welders (the other major use for robots being painting).


Westermans International has been supplying the Automotive industry Globally for many years.  Keeping up with the technology and current demands we can still offer a full range of popular used or refurbished welding and joining equipment.

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Welding Helmets just for Women

Welding Helmets in a Women’s Collection


As we know men and women have many differences! So it is no surprise that a women in the welding industry needs a specially designed welding helmet.

It’s all about Safety and Comfort

To acknowledge the unique contributions made daily by female welders, 3M has designed the Speedglas 100 Series Graphic Welding Helmets – part of the Women’s Collection.

This collection features four distinct designs (skull jewels, wild-n-pink, steel rose and steel eyes) that affirm the rightful place of female welders as committed, passionate professionals. The helmets feature user-selectable dark shades 8 through 12 and a viewing area of 6.05 square inches.

These are competitively price for around £130.00 online in the UK (rrp is £198.00)


Speedglas 100 Welding Helmet – Wild ‘n’ Pink from 3M is easy-to-use and the ideal auto-darkening welding helmet for hobby welders, farmers, DIY enthusiasts, and maintenance or construction workers who weld infrequently but can benefit from the ability to always clearly see with their welding protection in place. The Speedglas 100 Welding Helmet comes complete with a Speedglas 100V Auto Darkening Filter (ADF) which provides excellent optical clarity and reliable light to dark switching in 0.1 milliseconds. It can be used for most arc welding processes such as stick (MMA), MIG/MAG and many TIG applications. Be sure to check out the video on this super range of welding shields Speedglas 100 Welding Helmet Specifications Constant Protection UV/IR protection shade 12 permanent Variable Shade Welding Filters (100V) Three selectable sensitivity settings: a normal setting used for most types of welding, a setting for other welders working nearby and a setting for low-current or stable arc welding Five user-selectable dark shades 8-12 Selectable delay settings (100-250 ms) Switching time light and dark 0.1 ms Single Shade Welding Filters Single dark shade 10 or 11 Selectable delay settings (100S -10/100S-11: 150ms / 200ms) Switching time light and dark 0.1 ms The Speedglas 100V filter has five user-selectable dark shades (8-12) and a light shade of 3.


Get in touch if you want to purchase one of these unique helmets.

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We would love to feature both men and women and follow your week in the welding and fabrication industry.

Interested? Please get in touch.


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Extraction in the Workplace – The Industry Hot Topic!

LEV – Local Exhaust Ventilation, What You Need to Know and How it May Affect You and Your Business.

Since May 2008, HSE published a new comprehensive guide on LEV to protect employers and employees.
COSHH regulations state that LEV systems must now be tested every 14 months. These systems include mist, welding fume, smoke and dust extraction units.


All tests and reports must be undertaken by a competent person and conform to HSE standards, these reports often form part of a company’s insurance policy.

Take a look at the HSE website for more information, click here for LEV and here for COSHH.
Westermans can arrange LEV inspections and COSHH tests, contact us for more details or reply to this post and we will be in touch.

Still looking at equipping your factory with extraction equipment? Our new and used systems can offer a solution for a variety of applications, plus our range of new units come delivered, commissioned and COSHH tested, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!
You can see the full range here on our website.

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