Rubbing shoulders with the F1 stars - What an opportunity from Kemppi!

by Rapid Welding 4. September 2013 12:08

As promised, here's a little snapshot of the fab weekend Richard had in Belgium with the Williams and Kemppi!

 

I landed in Brussels on the Friday, after waiting for the rest of the other campaign winners to arrive we left straight for the circuit. For Friday I had a seat in a stand just before the eau rouge corner, this gave good views of the straight after the first corner and eau rouge section.

 

 

The extreme elevation change of the corner and the sheer speed of the cars taking the corner flat out was an impressive sight. Friday was free practice day, and after seeing the formula one, Porsche super cup and GP2 sessions it was time to check in at the hotel in Maastricht. Friday evening was spent with a meal in downtown Maastricht with other winning dealers from throughout Europe and representatives from Kemppi. After a nice meal and plenty of vodka from the Polish contingent it was time to head back to the hotel.

 

Saturday was to be the highlight of the weekend as it was the day I would experience the exclusive VIP treatment in the formula one paddock club. This area was situated directly above the pit garages and offered great views of the pit lane, start/finish straight and the first corner. 

 

 

 After being greeted by the Williams hospitality there was a three course lunch and an allocated pit lane walk. Being Williams’s guests we could stand right in front of their garage and see the cars being prepared for qualifying.

 

 

  After this we had a visit from Williams driver Pastor Maldonado for photos and autographs. 

 

With special passes from the Williams team we were also allowed into the Williams team garage and the motor home to watch the end of qualifying. Seeing the BBC TV crew working outside and brushing past drivers on their way back to the team motor homes after qualifying was pretty surreal.

 

 

 

After what seemed like the briefest of visits we had to somewhat reluctantly hand back the paddock passes and return to the paddock club, then it was time for the support races before the trip back to Maastricht.

 

For Sunday I was back in the stands for race day, for the race there was a large Kemppi group occupying the stand all in Williams colours. The expected rain on race day to benefit the Williams cars didn’t arrive and it turned out to be a dominant Vettel victory.  Sadly it wasn’t the best race for the Williams team, but the hospitality we received was truly first class.  After the race the marshals opened the gates and fans descended upon the track.

 

 

After a walk from our stand up to the first corner, it was time to leave for the evening flight back home. Overall an unforgettable weekend, thank you Kemppi and Williams!

 

And thank you Richard for sharing all that with us - what an amazing weekend you had for all your hard work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rapid's Richard heads off to Belgium F1

by Rapid Welding 2. September 2013 13:32

A little while back we let you in on the exciting news that Rapid had won one of the top prizes from Kemppi for the European Kemppi Dealer competition, the prize being tickets to attend the F1 Grand Prix in Belgium.

Well, as all you F1 fans will know, that weekend has been and gone, and the lucky member of the Rapid team chosen to enjoy the prize and the fabulous experience was none other than Portsmouth based Richard Noyce.

We're very proud of the  whole team at Rapid, and in the spirit of letting our customers know us all a little better, I bothered Richard with a little q & a to found out more out him ......

 

Our Richard - A worthy recipient of the Kemppi prize

 

Hi Richard. Your role at Rapid is Web Assistant, what does that entail and how did you get to be so bloody clever?

My job is to assist in the day to day running of our website. I am responsible for the adding/updating of all our products on the site, taking and editing pictures of our stock, creating graphics and banners for the website, and producing our monthly newsletter and monitoring our website traffic levels. The IT skills originated from when I got my first computer and a bit of a quest to learn all I could really. I also have a degree in computing.

  What did you say when Roy presented you with the prize?

Not a lot really, it didn’t really sink in at the time. It is a really great gift for the work I’ve done on the website and greatly appreciated.

Clearly you're a bit of an F1 Fan. When/where/how did you get the bug?

I have always had an interest in cars and first got hooked on F1 after watching a race. From then on I’ve watched nearly every race probably from 10 - 11 years old. I only attended my first race this year at Budapest in Hungary, it was a great first race to go to, mainly due to the great fan atmosphere with so many different nationalities there, 30C + heat and Budapest making a great base/city break. Witnessing a Hamilton win, taking part in the post race track invasion and seeing the podium celebration was pretty incredible. I feel very lucky in getting the chance to attend my second race back to back.

 How will you be getting to Belgium and who are you taking with you?

It will be myself and those generous folks from Kemppi. I will be taking a flight there

 Do you plan on going to any other races in the future?

I would like to go to Barcelona for the Spanish grand prix and Monaco

 Do you have any other hobbies, sporting or otherwise?

Aside from formula 1 I do have an interest in other sports like football, tennis, cricket. Other interests include computer games, films and spending time with family & friends

 Do you do any welding?

Unfortunately not, Some welding skills would have been very useful with some of the old cars I’ve owned.

 The best thing about Rapid ..... ?

The Rapid Experience!

 

Richard has taken some fab photos of his weekend at the Grand Prix, and we'll be posting those at a later date along with a report of the weekend -  think meeting Pastor Maldonado from the Williams team and rubbing shoulders with other famous faces !

See you soon!

 

 

 

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F1 Prize for winning European Kemppi Dealers

by Rapid Welding 13. August 2013 20:46

An amazing prize from Kemppi - Thank you!

Rapid has won the silver prize in the European Kemppi Dealer competition, and one of our lucky team has been chosen to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix race weekend, lapping up the atmosphere and sipping on champagne in the exclusive paddock club.

The winning businesses were the top twelve dealers with the highest net value of incoming orders (during the period of 1st June to the 31st July 2013). Included in the prize is hotel accommodation in Maastricht and transport between the hotel and race track, - meaning all the hospitality can be enjoyed to the max. The flights to and from Brussels are also included.

It's going to be an amazing weekend, and of course we'll be letting you hear all about it.

A big thank you to Kemppi for such a wonderful prize!

For more info on Kemppi and the Williams F1 team, check out this website:

http://www.williamsf1.com/Team/Media/News/The-Williams-F1-Team-and-Kemppi-Upgrade-Sponsorship-Agreement/

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A Spot of Shameless Back Patting

by Rapid Welding 6. August 2013 13:33

We've been getting some super feedback from customers through our surveys, and we always enjoy reading the comments and suggestions which might help us improve our service. It's also nice to know when we've got it right too!

 For those of you who use the website, you'll have noticed the regularly updated comments on the homepage. We've had all sorts of ideas and messages of thanks posted, even from customers as far afield as Australia! Everyone is important to us, no matter how big or small the order, and we want our service to offer the best customer care possible. When the people in the know put forward their suggestions, we like to think we take them onboard. 

Here's a look at one of our recently received feedback surveys.



Overall Quality of Rapid Experience = 10

Appearance and Ease of Use = 10

Enough Product Choice = Yes

How Competitive = Very

Goods Arrived = Very Quick

Goods Well Packaged and Arrived In Good Order = Yes

Quality of Communications = Impressive

Received Good Value For Money = Yes

Use Us Again = Yes

Recommend Us = Yes

Use comments in Marketing = Yes

Receive Monthly Newsletter = Yes

Additional Comments = Once again Rapid Welding have surpassed themselves. Even stuff they had to back order arrived very quickly and they kept me informed throughout the entire process. Hugely impressed with their service, I really am. A firm like this deserve to do well. I will certainly be placing more orders with them, and if i wanted to purchase an entire new machine I would DEFINITELY be placing my order with them without any doubt whatsoever. Really truly impressive service.

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The Invertec 300 & 400TPX

by Rapid Welding 1. August 2013 15:08

We are very pleased to be able to bring to our customers the Invertec 300TPX & 400TPX from Lincoln Electric, two lightweight and robust units manufactured for use in even the most hazardous of working environments.

 

Main features include:

  • HF TIG Ignition
  • Lift TIG Ignition
  • 2 or 4 Step
  • Variable down Ssope & postflow control
  • Digital Preset Meter with Hold Function
  • Built in variable pulse
  • Light weight & portable
  • 10 Memory locations for personal weld settings
  • Carts available for easy trasportation of unit
  • Option to stick weld with variety of popular stick electrodes (inc. Cellulosic)
  • Changable into water cooled units (adding COOL ARC 21 & 46 water coolers)
  • Input Power 400/3/50/60
  • User friendly control panel layout

 

For more information on the Invertec 300 & 400 TPX, visit the Rapid store at: 

 http://www.rapidwelding.com/dynamic/DisplayItem.aspx?c=K12060-1&zl=2

 http://www.rapidwelding.com/dynamic/DisplayItem.aspx?c=K12043-1&zl=2

Or speak to Andy on: 44 (0)23 92 214 214 

Lincoln Electric:

http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-gb/equipment/Pages/new-and-featured-equipment.aspx

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Nothing about Welding and a lot about Drumming

by Rapid Welding 16. July 2013 19:42

Jamie B as some of you might know him 

We’re always very proud of anything our team achieves in or out of the world of welding supplies and industrial gases. When it was brought to our attention that our very own Jamie Bynam – one of our gas driver’s based at the Nursling yard – has a hidden talent, of course we wanted to know a bit more ...

Meet Jamie B the Drummer!

When did you start drumming, Jamie? I started drumming when I was around 10/11 years old, and was very influenced by the music of the time, including bands like Level 42, Kajagoogoo, Nik Kershaw and Howard Jones.

Why the drums? I always wanted to be a bass player or guitarist, but found it too fiddly. One day I was invited down to see a family friends band rehearse, and when I walked in there was this massive drum kit on stage and I was like, wow, what's this? It all went from there.

Did you have lessons? I was very lucky as the years passed to have lessons from the drummer of the band, which is where I learnt my craft.

What bands were you into while you were playing? While I was having lessons I was introduced to bands like Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Van Halen and ZZ Top. This changed the sort of drumming I wanted to do. Nowadays my influences are many, but to name a few we have Nicko McBrain - Iron Maiden, Neil Peart - Rush, Gavin Harrison -Porcupine Tree, and Robert Sweet - Stryper.

 

 Have you played in a band yourself? I've spet the last 25 years playing in rock bands. To name a few I was in Mister Fusion, Sacred Ace, and tons more. During my time with Sacred Ace we recorded a CD, but the band finished a while after so I took a back seat in drumming and focused on my growing family and changing career. As I was gradually reducing my drumming activity, I made the decision around 3 years ago to retire and sold all my gear.

Little did you know. So what made you start back up again? I met a friend a year or so ago who'd twice tried to get me to join his band, "Monkey Face". I kept declining until April this year, when I was asked if I could help out at an audition as a guitarist. I thought, O.K., I'll do it, but that would be it. Like some things in life, you can't change your mind. When the guys asked me to join the band full time - along with a new guitarist, the band changed it's name to X Presidents, and that's where we are now.

How did the auditions go? Were they like X-Factor for bands? The guitarist auditions were X factor style. We gave each guitarist an hour and a half slot to impress us, and after a few seeions we found the new guy.

Does the band have a facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/TheXPresidents?ref=hl and we’re looking at getting a proper fully flashing and shiny website soon too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Save Phace Prizes at Air Products Skillweld 2013

by Rapid Welding 4. July 2013 14:02

At Skillweld this year - the UK's prestigious and highly contended competition to find Britain's most talented trainee welder - the gifted winners of the seven semi-final events held across the country were handed specially designed Save Phace helmets with the Air Products logo (Air Products being the prime sponsor for Skillweld).

Exciting stuff, eh?

It all came about when Colin Kennedy, Marketing Associate for Air Products UK and Ireland, visited Rapid HQ in Portsmouth (Rapid is very proud to be an agent for Air Products offering a full range of industrial gases). Browsing our extensive website, he hit upon the great range of Save Phace Helmets and wanted to see more. Two months later he asked for a quote and made a purchase, with the fantastic idea of using them at Skillweld for the semi-final prizes.

Needless to say, when we sent the photos of the end result to the lovely Paul at Save Phace, he was really chuffed and understandably so.

It's a great product, and now part of a great association.

 

 We love this picture of 'wonder welder', Claire Murphy from Ardrossan, clutching her Save Phave helmet with Air Products logo.

About Skillweld

"The standard of workmanship has been high this year with more than 60 trainees taking part in the semi-final" Spatter Matter - Welding World 

Skillweld 2013 is closed now, but for all you budding trainee welders out there, there's always next time. The competition is open to all ages with good levels of skill in MMA, MIG/MAG and TIG welding.

This year the final is due to take place in Birmingham (14th - 16th November) with the shortlist of the 10 contenders being announced in a few months time.

According to Colin, there was an abundance of welding talent and enthusiasm at the semi finals, which "Bodes well for the future of the UK'S welding industry".

Things will be heating up come November. Rods at the ready, folks!  

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Save Phace products are available from Rapid online at: http://www.rapidwelding.com/dynamic/TextSearch.aspx?t=1

For more information on the Skillweld competition, visit: http://www.airproducts.co.uk/skillweld/TheCompetition.htm

Air Products Website: http://www.airproducts.co.uk/

As an agent for Air Products, Rapid offers the full range of industrial gases. The new Maxx and trade shielding gases, standard industry mixtures, acetylene, argon, Coogar, carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen are all available in various cylinder sizes to meet your requirements. Next working day delivery is offered as standard, or you can collect from our Rapid Gas premises.

For more information on Rapid Gases, visit: http://www.rapidgases.com/

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The NEW Speedtec 180 & 200C range of inverter Multi-Process Welders - UK Promotion

by Rapid Welding 6. June 2013 15:05

Are you looking for a welding machine that can do MIG, MMA and TIG welding?

Then the NEW Speedtec 180 & 200C range of inverter Multi-Process Welders might just be the ticket.

 

 

 

Used in many different applications, the Speedtec 180 & 200C units are small and light-weight with compact housing. Powered by mains or motor generator, they can be easily moved around the workspace and used in a number of environments, including confined or remote spaces.

 

Order your NEW Speedtec 180 or 200C inverter Multi-Process Welder now to receive a FREE Viking 1840 Welding Helmet 

 How to Claim
- Claims for the FREE Welding Helmet are only valid on machines ordered between from 3rd June 2013 and 31st July 2013 inclusive. Claims made outside of this period may not validated.
- Only orders placed from a UK supplier will qualify for this promotion.

 

For more information on the NEW Speedtec 180 & 200C range of inverter Multi-Process Welders and how to claim this promotion, go to:

 http://www.lincolnelectric.com/en-gb/support/promotions/Pages/Speedtec.aspx

Or speak to Andy: http://www.rapidwelding.com/

Tel: 023 92 214 214

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A Bet Honoured!

by Rapid Welding 28. May 2013 11:54

At Rapid HQ we like to do what we say and say what we do, so when two of our colleagues, Logan and Kay, decided to make life interesting and have a wager on who would finish higher in their respective football leagues, Portsmouth & Southampton, the stakes were fairly high to win.

When the season finally came to a close, Southampton were placed 13th in the premier league while Portsmouth were rooted to the bottom of the Npower Division 1 league in 24th Place.

 

And the prize for losing?

 

Logan had to wear a Southampton shirt at work for the day. 

 

Suck it up, man, suck it up! 

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Rapid joins AWD in London for Weekend of Celebration

by Rapid Welding 30. April 2013 11:54

40th Anniversary Celebration with the AWD  - Snapshots from the Rapid Album!

We've Arrived!  

The team at Rapid would like to thank the organisers of the AWD for putting together another fun-filled and memorable weekend. Yet again we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Over the weekend our programme included:

  • The Annual General Meeting and welcome event 
  • HM Tower of London visit
  • Medieval banquet
  • London bus tour
  • View from The Shard, Europe's Tallest building
  • Champagne Flight on the Millennium Eye
  • Gala dinner and jazz evening on the River Thames
  •  Downtime to enjoy all those wonderful shopping opportunities...Taxi to Kings Road anyone?

 

Incredible view from The Shard

 

Glamming it up at the Gala Dinner

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