Our First Welding Warrior Winner of 2020 has been announced!

by Rapid Welding 6. March 2020 12:57

Our first Welding Warrior Winner of 2020 has been announced! 

The very deserved winner of a Rapid Welding beanie plus a whopping £60 worth of Marks & Spencer’s vouchers, courtesy of our generous competition sponsor, ULTRAMAG INSPECTION SERVICES, is ……….. Gary Tomkins!

Well done, Gary, and thank you to everyone who took part!

The Winning Entry


We'll be running our next Welding Warrior competition on the Rapid Welding Facebook page again soon, so be sure to keep an eye out.

ULTRAMAG Inspection Services have well over 40 years experience in non-destructive testing, welding procedure qualification, welder qualification and mechanical testing. They offer high quality inspection services to a broad range of industries.

For more information on their services, visit https://www.ultramag.co.uk/ndt-inspection/ and follow @UltramagNDT on Twitter and LinkedIn.









Meet the Team – Pete Williams – Stores & Logistics Manager

by Rapid Welding 23. February 2020 20:06


Meet the Team – Pete Williams – Stores & Logistics Manager 


We would like to extend a warm welcome to Pete Williams, our new Stores & Logistics Manager.

Pete joined the Rapid team on the 27th January 2020. He brings a wealth of experience in stores and logistics management and we welcome his extensive familiarity with customs clearance for both import and export.   

Pete’s vast knowledge in freight and courier movements, particularly in Europe, will be of great benefit to both Rapid and our customers as we explore post-Brexit opportunities.   

Pete says, “I am excited to bring my knowledge and skills to Rapid Welding and use them to improve our customer’s overall experience.”  


Ultramag Sponsor Rapid’s Welding Warrior Competition

by Rapid Welding 23. February 2020 19:48


Ultramag Sponsor Rapid’s Welding Warrior Competition


We are excited to announce Ultramag as the new sponsor of our #WeldingWarrior competition.

Ultramag offers Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and allied inspection services to a broad range of industries. For more information on Ultramag’s services, you can visit their website here. 

Keep an eye on our social media accounts for more information on this month’s competition including details on how to enter and the prizes you could win if you’re picked as our #WeldingWarrior!


Rapid Welding Announce Wessex Heartbeat as their Charity of the Year

by Rapid Welding 21. February 2020 17:36

Rapid Welding Announce Wessex Heartbeat as their Charity of the Year

Wessex Heartbeat has been chosen by Rapid Welding as its charity of the year. The charity provides support and care to patients being treated at the Wessex Cardiac Centre in Southampton.

Speaking of the charity choice, Marianne Edwards, Business Manager at Rapid said, "Cardiac care is of great importance to some of the Rapid Welding team and their families. This year we wanted to support a cardiac charity local to our business, therefore Wessex Heartbeat felt like the right choice."

We are encouraging the Rapid team to become involved in raising as much money as they can and we already have some ideas planned for this year to do just that!

This year our challenge will see 20 members of the team try to raise £20 for the charity - it will be interesting to see what ideas for fundraising they come up with!

Other fundraising plans include a raffle at Rapid's 30th birthday celebration BBQ in June, in addition to Marianne taking on the 'Action Challenge Isle of Wight Ultra' in May - a 106k ultra marathon.

You can find more information on Wessex Heartbeat and the fantastic work they do on their website here.

We look forward to the challenges that fundraising will bring to the team and updating you on our progress throughout the year.

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Rapid Welding Introduce Multi-Currency Payments

by Rapid Welding 21. February 2020 17:15


Multi-currency payments have now been introduced on the Rapid Welding website.

With an ever-growing global customer base and over 35,000 products stocked online, we want to provide our customers with greater clarity on price and the facility to pay in their preferred currency.

This was an important move for Rapid now that the United Kingdom has entered post-Brexit status, and we hope this feature will enhance our customers' shopping experience with us. 

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Cepro - International Market Leaders in Welding Safety

by Rapid Welding 19. February 2020 11:35

When welding outdoors, suitable protection is needed to safeguard welders and those in proximity, not only from the welding process itself but also from weather conditions such as rain, wind and sun - for our UK customers, if you can remember what the sun feels like, bonus points for you!

Outdoor working conditions are noticeably improved if a welding tent or umbrella are used, which can contribute to a reduction in sick leave and an increase in welder comfort, safety and performance.

 Rapid can supply a large range of Cepro welding shelters and umbrellas.

Welding Umbrellas

Flame retardant with water repellent canvases. Carrying bag included.

Heavy Duty Welding Tents

Available in a variety of widths ranging from 190 cm to 300 cm.


 Cube Shelter 

Width: 190 cm / Depth 200 cm / Height 200 cm / Ridge Height 220cm

As well as welding shelters and umbrellas from Cepro, Rapid also supply a wide range of welding curtains, plates and strips, welding blankets, screens, insulation products, grinding and welding booths.

Find out more: Rapid Welding - Cepro Shop



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Job Vacancy - Welding Service Engineer

by Rapid Welding 30. January 2020 17:59


Welding Service Engineer at


Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd 


Location:                     Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire 

Job Type:                    Welding Service Engineer 

Working Hours:         43.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1730 and Friday 0800 to 1600 - 30 minutes lunch 

Salary:                         Initially £20000.00 to £22000.00 depending on experience 

Holiday:                      20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas & New Year) 

Additional:                 Company clothing and PPE supplied. 


Welding Service Engineer is required for our busy, expanding, welding machine supply company, Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Limited.  Based at our busy workshop at Hedge End, the focus will be: 

  •          Servicing and repairing of welding and welding related equipment. 
  •          Visiting customers sites to carry out servicing/validation/repairs.  
  •          As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues. 
  •          On the job and manufacture training will be provided. 


  •          Experienced in electronics / industrial controls. We can teach the electrical requirements for welding machines, so experience working with welding plant, whilst desirable, is not essential. 
  •          Minimum C grade in GCSE Maths & Science 
  •          Qualifications in an electrical or mechanical discipline would be beneficial. 
  •          IT literate. 
  •          Calm under pressure. 
  •          Excellent communicator across all colleague levels. 
  •          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. 
  •          Driving licence required  


To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies@rapidwelding.com



Optrel Panoramaxx auto darkening welding helmet combined with the E3000X 18 hours PAPR system for a ready to weld package

by Admin 16. January 2020 11:34

The Panoramaxx combines the latest Optrel innovations of the most recent product ranges with an unprecedented panorama view.

Maxximize your horizon.

  • 6-times larger field-of-view compared to standard helmets
  • Fully automated shade level adjustment
  • True Colour View
  • Shade level 2.5 in inactive mode
  • New energy concept with Lithium-polymere battery

So wide. So light. So true colour.

You’ve never seen welding this way before.

The nose cut-out brings the ADF closer to your eyes. As with eyeglasses, the ADF‘s frame becomes almost invisible to the welder, increasing the field of view by more than 6 times. Nevertheless, the Panoramaxx is lightweight at only 550g.

True colour view

A specially developed UV/IR filter allows the realistic colour perception typical of Optrel, bringing colour to the welder’s world.


Detection of the arc brightness and fully automated shade level adjustment from 5 to 12.

* Autopilot can be deactivated for manual shade level selection.

State-of-the-Art power technology

With its rechargeable power-pack, changing batteries is no longer necessary. 

Multi-Sensor Detection

The completely redesigned controls of the 5-sensor array ensure the perfect regulation of the auto-darkening filter.

CE and EAC certification applied. 

e3000X Powered Air Purifying Respirator - The new league for fresh air and breathing protection. X-tend your possibilities!  

  • Highest safety class (TH3) respiratory protection
  • Protects reliably from smoke, aerosols and dust
  • Ready for A1B1E1 gas filter
  • Integrated, automatic air flow control and calibration
  • Expandable with mountain breeze odour filter

X-tended Performance

Optrel have managed to double the efficiency of the new e3000X by combining a performance-optimised design with the latest battery cell technology. With up to 18 hours of battery life and 240 litres of air per minute available at the touch of a button, the new e3000X is the perfect choice for the most powerful ventilated breathing protection system available on the market.

X-tended Safety

The new e3000X shows you the battery charge level at the touch of a button and calibrates the air flow automatically, so you can get through the day safely.

X-tended Productivity

As soon as the filter in the respective air flow level is saturated, you receive an acoustic alarm and the new e3000X‘s intelligent alarm function switches fully automatically to the next lowest air flow stage – without you having to interrupt the work process.

X-tended Application Possibilities

The new Optrel e3000X PAPR system protects you reliably from particles like smoke, aerosols or dust. Furthermore, the mountain breeze odour filter keeps you free from awkward smells and 

 insanitary ozone. In environments with hazardous or toxic gases the new A1B1E1 gas filter will be available from Q2/2020. The new e3000X adapts to your requirements.

View Online

For more information on this helmet, or any others, don’t hesitate to contact the Rapid Team! Either call +44 (0)23 92 214 214, email webenquiries@rapidwelding.com or ask Andy through the Rapid Website.



by Rapid Welding 16. January 2020 07:22


Kemppi's Gamma range is built to provide the highest possible standard of EU classification in terms of respiratory TH3 performances (filters 99.8% of airbourne fumes and particles), and is constructed from a user’s perspective to ensure top specification meets optimum comfort.

Designed for all types of welding procedures, the Gamma GTH3 ready to weld package includes the GAMMA GTH3 welding helmet with auto darkening XA 47 welding filter and a shade range of 5, 8, 9-15, and the PFU 210e powered air purifying respirator system: 

Everything you need for the ultimate protection. 

Designed with the welder in mind, the Gamma GTH3 models includes optimum visions through the lenses thanks to state-of-the-art features such as Axis regulation and the GapView function. In low light working conditions, the XFA line optimises 70 lumen LED lights to provide the best of welder safety and maximum comfort.

Features include:

  •  Able to filter more than 99.8% of airborne particles
  • Helmet pressure design makes breathing easy and effortless
  • Clarity of visions improved thanks to LiFE+ Colour ADF Technology
  •  ADF adjustment made easy, even with the helmet still on
  • XFA models exclusive with integrated LED work lights
  • Designed for all welding procedures


Visit Rapid Welding online for more information about this excellent product range from Kemppi

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Meet the team - Mason

by Admin 13. January 2020 12:05

Mason joined the Rapid team in October 2018 and is a fundamental member of the website team. As a Data Entry Assistant, he is responsible for the upkeep of products and content on the Rapid website, and other channels via eBay and Amazon. This includes creating content, product photography, updating prices and much more. His favourite part about working at Rapid Welding is the variety of jobs and duties, as well as interacting with other members of staff on a professional and personal level.

Outside of work, Mason is an avid movie goer and enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

Fun fact about Mason: He is a keen writer, and wants to publish a novel one day.


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