All About EABS
Who are EABS?
It is important for visitors to understand that EABS is NOT a Trade Association but an independent technical association that is managed by a Committee that is elected from among its Members. The sole objective of the association is the promotion of ‘best practice’ brazing. As a result, our Members include users of brazing and soldering technology, and suppliers of the necessary consumables and process equipment.
Who are the Committee Members?
The Committee is drawn from a range of disciplines within brazing technology. It is likely that many visitors to this site will recognise the names of some Committee Members listed below as people who they already know as being specialists of wide experience in one or more specific aspects of brazing technology.
The current Committee Members are:
|President||Prof. Dr.-Ing Erich Lugscheider||RWTH Aachen, Germany|
|Chairman & Technical Director||Mr Philip.M.Roberts||Delphi Brazing Consultants*|
|Secretary||Mr Philip Webb||Johnson Matthey Metal Joining*|
|Member||Mr Jack Willingham||Johnson Matthey Metal Joining*|
|"||Dr-Ing Hartmut Schmoor||Umicore and Co. KG, Germany*|
|"||Mr.Bob Lindsay||Thessco Limited*|
|"||Mr Alan McCracken||Kepston Limited*|
|"||Mr Derek Davies||Flame Application Services*|
|"||Mr Werner Schmidt||Solvay Fluor GmbH, Germany*|
|"||Dr Tony Staines||Wall Colmonoy Ltd*|
*Click on the company name to visit their website.
When were we formed?
EABS was initially created in 1971 as the British Association for Brazing and Soldering under the acronym BABS.
In recognition of the fact that by 1997 we had become widely involved with companies within the European Union, and since there was no Organisation within mainland Europe that provide the range services and training programmes that we offered, the Members decided that it was appropriate for us to change our name to represent our increasing involvement with brazing technology throughout the EU. BABS therefore changed its name to European Association for Brazing and Soldering and changed the acronym to EABS.
What is our primary objective?
We had recognised in the early 1970’s that those manufacturing industries that were using brazing as their preferred joining method were actively seeking, precisely focussed, commercially neutral, technical help for many of their existing processes and, particularly, for new development projects.
EABS was created in order to provide such assistance to Industry by such means as:
- Technical training programmes that are custom-designed to meet the needs of a particular company,
- On-site technical consultancy by EABS specialists, and
- An on-going series of Annual Seminars and ‘hands on’ practical training courses.
Naturally, all of these services are available to Member and non-Members alike, but Members receive a substantial discount on the charges that necessarily arise. Finally, and following contact with The EABS Secretariat, we are always willing to discuss the technical details of brazing problems with companies who have a problem and who are giving active consideration to joining the Association.
The success of the training programmes that the Association offers bears witness to the fact that even in the current economic climate the need for the advice that EABS can offer is on going. However, and of fundamental importance from the client’s point of view, is the fact that it is an ‘article of faith’ of the Association that any advice that we provide remains strictly confidential between EABS and the client, and is never discussed with, or passed on to, third parties.