An Exciting New Partnership - Bohler Welding Products Now Available From Rapid!

by Rapid Welding 22. July 2016 15:56

We are very excited to be appointed as an official main agent for Bohler Welding!


Here's our lovely Scarlet overseeing proceedings with Peter Chapel (Bohler Welding) & Roy Edwards

As one of the most respected brands in the industry, Bohler Welding is an innovative producer of welding consumables for joint welding, covering all major arc welding processes. Globally recognised as offering a complete portfolio, boasting up-to-date specifications and the highest quality standards, Bohler Welding constantly has their finger on the pulse of a demanding market.

 With Bohler Welding's proven international market history and reputation for being on the 'leading edge of innovation', we are delighted to align the Rapid name with this quality brand. And with big stocks in the UK, we feel Bohler Welding products will complement the existing ranges Rapid currently has to offer, bringing to our customers the solutions, service, and quality they really want!   

For the latest Bohler Welding products available from Rapid, please visit our website


Welcome to the Rapid Experience!  

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KEEP YOUR WELDERS WELDING while your machines are in for servicing, with our 40% RENTAL DISCOUNT!

by Rapid Welding 7. July 2016 12:41



Keep Your Welders Welding while your machines are in for servicing. And make sure you ask for our incredible 40% rental discount!!

As a sign of our gratitude and appreciation in choosing Rapid Welding to carry out the service work on your welding equipment, Rapid's sister company, RentArc, is now offering a huge 40% discount on the standard rental rate.

As an example, a 300 amp water cooled AC/DC TIG set is now just £80 per week, instead of the usual £133.00! And a 400 amp air-cooled MIG set, which would normally be £110, is now just £66 per week! 

For this weekly rental rate you’ll get:

• A replacement machine which will probably be as good, if not better than your existing machine.

• Fully calibrated and validated equipment.

• Operational support from the Rentarc team.

• Peace of mind that your productivity is not suffering as a result of having a machine in for service.

We have a large range of machines available on our website,, so why not take a look. Alternatively, for more information or an informal chat, feel free to contact the friendly Rentarc team directly:

Tel: 02380 867789

RentArc - In the Business of Keeping Welders Welding



Vacancy at Rapid - Warehouse / Logistics Person

by Rapid Welding 25. May 2016 17:40


Tel : 023 92 214 214

Warehouse / Logistics Person 

Location                 Portchester

Contract                 Full time with three month probationary period

Job type                 Warehouse/Logistics/ distribution

Salary                     c £18500.00, subject to experience


Job description


  • Warehouse / Logistics team member required for our busy stores and despatch area.
  • Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be ensuring our stock is accurate, in the correct location, and our customers orders can be fulfilled accurately and quickly. This role will also require accurate stock receiving, picking and despatching, in accordance with pre-set instructions and standards.
  • This role includes working closely with other stores personnel and drivers, calling for a positive and encouraging manner to be part of the team. The successful candidate must also ensure they comply with all regulatory requirements, e.g. Health & Safety, security and product safety, at all times.
  • The role includes serving members of the public, trade customers and working with our suppliers. 
  • Clothing and safety boots supplied.




  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm, 30 minutes paid lunch


What we're looking for


  • Experienced in a stores environment
  • Working knowledge of warehouse processes and flows
  • IT Literate, knowledge of computerised systems
  • Calm under pressure – this role will include working to time critical deadlines.
  • An excellent communicator across all colleague levels.
  • Forklift licence and Driving licence desirable
  • 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 and cleanliness.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Rapid Family. If you feel this challenge is for you, please get in touch by sending your CV and a covering letter to 

We look forward to hearing from you.


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CK Tig Promotion - Extended Due to Popular Demand!

by Rapid Welding 13. May 2016 18:07
Did you know ..... CK torch parts are compatible with all other torches using the same style of parts, meaning you can enjoy CK quality, inc the gas saver kits & clear Pyrex cups etc, whichever torch you use!
Even better, this includes the Accessory Kits featured in our current CK promotion! 
Terrific Response!
Due to a terrific response, we have decided to continue our amazing special offer of the free CK Accessory Kits as featured on our website.
Our stocks are bolstered - Why not order your FREE CK accessory kits today by clicking HERE!
Welcome to the Rapid Experience 

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Join The Rapid Family Today! Exciting New Role at RentArc

by Rapid Welding 26. April 2016 20:51


Tel : 023 80 867 789

email :

Hire & Marketing Support 

We are excited to announce that a fantastic opportunity has arisen for a full time Hire & Marketing Support role within RentArc, part of the Rapid group of companies. 

  • Location                  Ower, Hampshire
  • Contract                  Full time
  • Job type                   Hire & Marketing Support
  • Salary                      c £25 000.00

Job description

Based in our Ower office and supporting our existing team to grow our business, the key responsibilities will include: 

  • Marketing.
  • Development of strategies to grow our rental business and raise our rental market profile.
  • Recognising potential ‘hiring’ opportunities within Rapid’s existing customer base.
  • Develop Hire Wizard.
  • Maintaining our reputation as a highly respected company with a proven history of superb customer care.
  • Breakdown repair co-ordination.
  • Develop web and social media presence.
  • Enhance our Health and Safety policies.
  • As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.



  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.00pm, 60 minutes lunch, 40 hours per week
  • 20 days holiday per year + statutory holidays.  Compulsory Christmas & New Year shutdown.


What we're looking for 

  • Strong customer focus.
  • The role will be fast-paced and challenging, therefore you must have an adaptable, flexible attitude and   approach.
  • Be prepared to work alongside your team to be driven to achieve a high level of service.
  • General office experience required.
  • ‘C’ grade GCSE in Mathematics and English Language.
  • IT literate including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel).
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Excellent communicator across all colleague levels. 

This role would suit someone in the existing tool or plant hire / rental business. 

Company office clothing supplied.


If this is the challenge for you, please send your CV and a covering letter to


12 Mortimers Estate, Ower, Hampshire, SO51 6AL 

R D Edwards Director (Managing) R P Edwards (Technical)

Registered Offices: Unit 2D Hamilton Road, Portchester Park, Cosham, Hampshire, PO6 4QE

Company Registration No: 07147183

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Rent or Buy?

by Rapid Welding 20. April 2016 13:50

To Buy, or to Rent? 

An age old dilemma perhaps, but an interesting one and certainly one to consider seriously.

Contractors, engineering firms and welders from all walks of life should weigh up the pros and cons of buying or hiring against their individual welding equipment needs. For example, buying equipment and the convenience of having it ready and waiting are valuable plus points to purchasing, but it also needs to be taken into account how often the equipment is actually used; if the answer is not a lot, then hiring might be the answer.

It's also worth considering the benefits hiring has to accessing new technology in the market place. The latest welding solutions all aim to improve usability, functionality, reliability and flexibility, which in turn optimises speed, use of time, and benefits overall productivity levels in the workplace. It also allows the user to experience all the new welding machinery out there and so make informed decisions before committing to purchase. 

At RentArc, we understand the need to analyse equipment costs in conjunction with individual requirements, and the Rapid way has always been to make life as easy as possible for our customers.

In the business of keeping welders welding, we hire welding equipment for every welding application in any industry sector, supplying equipment to the Petro-Chemical, Power Generation, Ship Repair, and Structural Steel industries. We also have a team ready and waiting to talk you through your options. 

At a glance: Available and ready for hire...................

 Diesel Welder Generators: Lincoln Electric, Miller Electric

Mig Welding Packages: Lincoln Electric inc. STT Machines, Fronius & Kemppi

Tig Welding Packages: Lincoln Electric, Fronius, Miller Electric & Kemppi

Pre & post Weld Heat Induction System: Miller Electric ProHeat 35

Plasma Cutting Systems: Hypertherm

Submerged Arc & Girth Welding Equipment: Lincoln Electric & Esab

Fume Extraction Systems: Lincoln Electric & Nederman

Welding Positioning & Rotators

We may have some interesting solutions just for you! 

If hiring is a consideration, why not take a look at our website for more details, or if you would like to discuss your purchase/hire options, feel free to get in touch with one of our dedicated team members.

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8086 7789



RentArc - Part of the Rapid Family 

In the business of keeping welders welding

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Be Part of the Rapid Family - A New and Exciting Opportunity to Join RentArc!

by Rapid Welding 18. March 2016 12:48

A New and Exciting Opportunity to Join RentArc!  

We are excited to announce that a fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Sales Office Support role within RentArc, part of the Rapid group of companies.

Based in Ower, Hampshire, RentArc is in the business of hiring welding equipment, for every welding application, in any industry sector.

Supporting our existing team, the successful candidate’s key responsibilities will include:

  •        Maintaining our reputation as a highly respected company with a proven history of superb customer care. 
  •       Breakdown repair co-ordination.
  • Marketing
  •      Development of strategies to grow our rental business and raise our rental market profile.
  •  Recognising potential ‘hiring’ opportunities within Rapid’s existing customer base.
  • Develop Hire Wizard.
  • Develop web and social media presence
  • Comply with Health and Safety regulations.
  • Provide holiday cover for Nicky.

If this is the challenge for you, why not send your CV along with a covering letter to

We look forward to hearing from you. 



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10k for Rapids Chosen Charity 2016 - Please Show Your Support!

by Rapid Welding 17. March 2016 12:19

Meet Karen & Charlotte, our 10k Super Girls!

10k is the distance two incredible members of our team have volunteered to push themselves this coming June, all by way of raising money for Rapid's 2016 chosen charity, "Guide Dogs for the Blind Portsmouth & District".

Karen Read, our lovely Gas and Service Dept. Administrator, has been running since May last year, and 10k will be the furthest she has ever challenged herself. Charlotte Mansfield works in accounts, and following an operation on her femur has set herself this goal to "get back to normality as well as being an amazing cause to support others in tough times." It's a big ask for our girls, but when you look into the admiral work Guide Dogs for the Blind do and the amazing changes it can make to people living with visual impairment, you begin to understand the motivation behind their willingness to undertake such an almighty task.

Guide Dogs for the blind has helped over 30,000 visually impaired people achieve life-changing independence. Guide dogs are supported by the charity from birth to retirement at a cost of £50,000 per dog (this includes training whilst still at the centre and continuation of support once they are with their new owners, this can include vet bills, further training and even food). A guide dogs working life can last from 6-7 years and many people can require around 8 dogs in their lifetime!

Sadly the charity receives no Government help (national or local) to its
costs. They rely solely on the generosity of the general public.

If you want to show your support, help Karen and Charlotte reach their target of £500 and change someones life for the better, then please follow the link below to their JustGiving page and join us and everyone who has donated so far in making a difference.

Well done Karen and Charlotte!

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Rapid Marine - Part of The Rapid Family

by Rapid Welding 24. February 2016 14:46

Ease of Use. Well Designed. Adjustable Solutions.  

Rapid Marine specialises in the design and manufacture of lifting slings and stainless steel 316 ratchet tie down kits for tenders. Especially made to conform to load test requirements, our straps and webbing - ideal for various applications, come certifiicated to confirm its maximum rating.

Why Buy from Rapid Marine?

  • All slings are fully adjustable
  • We use Stainless Steel fittings
  • Every sling has a unique serial number
  • We include full fitting instructions with all our slings.
  • All our slings are Insurance Compliant
  • Our slings are all manufactured in the UK
  • All our slings are certified to EU Safety Standards
When investing time and money in your pride and joy, it makes sense to use the best quality accessories.  
What Our Customers Say About Us 
".... appreciation of quality was immediate. Something as simple as some straps had been really well designed."
"........ provides a particularly neat solution to a problem we had using the standard mounting points. Everything came in very smart wash through net bags which makes rinsing off easy."
"A very happy customer. I want to openly thank (Rapid Marine) for the advice and ultimately the product."
"We have been using these products for sometime now, and can confirm they are top quality."
"We had the stainless steel plastic coated strops before, problem with them, when you change your tender you end up having to have new strops as you can be sure they won't fit, unlike the Rapid marine ones that are fully adjustable, ( we are on our forth tender in five years ) so they have saved us a lot more than they cost , just to add that they were also a lot cheaper than the stainless steel ones we had!"
"Another very satisfied customer of Rapid marine, and no connection with the company."
"First class products, first class quality, first class service."
"Would not go anywhere else for such products."
To view more comments on Rapid Marine, click HERE.
To visit the website and view all the products available, click HERE.



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NEW Product Alert - PLYMOVENT MobilePro

by Rapid Welding 23. February 2016 13:29


The MobilePro - Perfect for removing welding fumes when working in confined spaces and areas difficult to reach.

As successor to the MobileOne, the Plymovent MobilePro offers flexible, self cleaning solutions for mobile welding fume extraction - designed with the professional welder in mind.

Thoughtfully built with rigid metal housing and swivel castors for ease of movement, the MobilePro features a powerful 1,1 kW (1.5 Hp) extraction fan, a SilentFlow duct free silencer - a sound absorbing box keeping the integrated fan noise levels to a minimum, and self-cleaning Ram-Air pulse amplifier delivering improved cleaning, longer cartridge life, reduced pressure loss and overall lower operational costs.

Suitable for heavy duty welding applications, MIG, MAG, TIG, GMAW, FCAW and stick electrode welding, the MobilePro is designed so that Plymovent’s extraction arms - the 3 and 4 metre KUA and Economy Arm, can be attached in order reach the necessary length. 

As a highly respected sales and service company, keen to bring the latest products to our customers, Rapid are proud to be suppliers of Plymovent products, and we are delighted to have the MobilePro available NOW!

To view this product on our website in more detail, please click HERE.

As always, our product specialist Andy is readily available to answer your questions via telephone or online. Click on the Rapid link above to find the online chat facility, or call the office on 02392 214214 and just ask for Andy.

 Please follow this link to visit the Plymovent website.

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