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How it all began: In 1983, Robert van der Hammen enters the welding torch business as a sales manager of a large US-based welding technology manufacturer, looking after its markets in Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Africa. He eventually decides to return to engineering in order to develop solutions in close cooperation with customers.
Having acquired the necessary know-how, Robert van der Hammen decides to set up his own company and teams up with Thomas Schnauder. Together, they establish EWS GmbH in Kleve. Initially, they focus on the development of the three EWS core brands of MIGZONE, TIGZONE and PLASMAZONE. As they have good business contacts to companies in the Ruhr Valley and at the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, their focus is on markets in Germany and the Benelux countries.
EWS grows steadily. Only two years after its foundation, the company relocates to a purpose-built 400 sqm factory in Kleve. Around this time, CK Worldwide becomes aware of the activities and success of EWS. The renowned TIG torch manufacturer based in the USA appoints EWS as its exclusive distribution partner for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Russia – and this partnership continues on to today.
As the manufacturing capacities in Kleve are no longer sufficient to meet demand, EWS relocates its production to a new 1600 sqm plant in the neighboring town of Goch. The same year, EWS is again present with a stand at the SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN fair in Essen.
Jan van der Hammen, son of founder Robert van der Hammen, joins the management team. EWS continues expanding its business and becomes a global supplier. Its welding products are now sold on all continents.
The company founders hand over the reins to the next generation. The brothers Bas and Jan van der Hammen take over as managing directors.
For the third time, EWS exhibits at the SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN trade fair, establishes new contacts with business partners all over the globe and further expands its network of sales agencies.
EWS is now an established player in the industry. The welding technology specialist decides to adopt a new logo and image. At the same time, the company implements innovative and more sustainable business processes at virtually all levels.
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EWS solutions made in Goch – for the global market

The heart and soul of EWS are in Goch where engineers and other highly skilled staff members apply their know-how and expertise to serve the welding industry. Goch is located between the major industrial region of the Ruhr Valley and the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp. Most of the EWS business is still done withing a radius of 1000 km from its headquarters in Goch where the company manufactures customized torch solutions for a wide range of welding applications.

Competence bundled in extensive business network

EWS is of course not a lone warrior but works in close partnership with other companies in Germany and the USA. Through this cooperation, EWS has been able to further its expertise in the development, production and marketing of high-performance welding equipment. As a family-owned company, we are agile and can respond quickly to new market demands.

Autogen Ritter

Autogen Ritter based in Feldkirchen near Munich has been a trusted partner of EWS since the foundation of the company, as members of the Schnauder family who owns part of EWS are involved in the management of Autogen Ritter. Since 1963, Autogen Ritter has been producing welding torches – primarily for the OEM market. EWS has been fortunate to have access to the know-how of Autogen Ritter and also sources certain torch components from its partner. At the Autogen Ritter plant EWS develops its customized torches, making use of the shared R&D department. For the production of its torch components, Autogen Ritter operates a modern machine park comprising CNC machines, precision mechanics and advanced measuring technology.


CK Worldwide

Time and again, CK Worldwide has been setting new standards in TIG welding. The US partner of EWS holds many patents for product designs and solutions. Since its foundation in 1967, the TIG specialist regularly surprised the market with innovations in TIG torch technology. The family-owned company develops and manufactures its products in Auburn, Washington. In 2008, EWS became the exclusive distribution partner of CK Worldwide for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Russia.

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