Higher productivity, high and consistent quality and improved working environment have been the main key drivers for continuous improvement of welding. Nowadays sustainability has become another important driver. The current environmental awareness in the welding industry is fairly low. The society is however much more concerned about environmental aspects. These drive for continuous development of the welding processes and applications. Some described applications from the shipyard, wind and nuclear power and automotive industries will illustrate the progresses.
Transactions of JWRI 32 (1), 11-18, 2003-07