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The History of SILICON, Standard Refractory Anchors & Rapid Arc Welding

SILICON BV was established in The Netherlands by Wouter Garot in January 1982. He used his expertise in materials science and his experience in applying special high temperature alloys in special applications. At that time, the refractory anchors industry was predominantly dictated by old and traditional methods that did not keep up with the ever-increasing loads and stresses that the modern applications were demanding. The aim of SILICON was to provide the technical and metallurgical expertise needed to bring refractory anchors to the next level.

In an effort to bring clarity and quality to this industry, SILICON created a unique language in the way of very explicit codes to facilitate discussions, quotations, and ordering without any possibility of misinterpretation. You can find this encoding system in the menu under product range - “Refractory Anchor Coding System.”

1990 was the year that SILICON engaged in a highly ambitious project to achieve the ultimate quality in STUD WELDING. The challenge was to develop stud welding machinery that was the best of its kind. Today the SILICON stud welding technology, called Rapid Arc Welding, is recognized worldwide for its excellent safety, repetitive quality and operator friendliness. 

Wouter Garot, The President of SILICON and the inventor of many modern refractory anchors and the rapid arc welding technology.

There was also a focus on the US market as the demand was becoming so great that Mr. Garot decided to create a daughter company, named SILICON USA Inc., in 1998. Since its establishment, many industries in the United States have turned away from conventional stud welding and taken on Rapid Arc Welding as a standard. For several of the biggest companies in the US in the Energy, Petro-Chemical and Shipbuilding industries we are the trusted name in welding technology and engineering.