About Express Weldcare Services Ltd (EWS)

Welcome to Express Weldcare Services Ltd (EWS), a cornerstone in the UK’s welding and industrial landscape since the 1970s. Our purpose is simple yet ambitious: to distribute the tools to build stronger communities.

Our mission is to be the lifeblood of significant projects throughout the UK, providing a complete welding and industrial solution. With a storied history spanning 50 years, our knowledge has deep roots, enabling us to offer not just products, but a legacy of expertise. Our 4,500 square foot distribution centre is a testament to our commitment, stocked with over 25,000 products and standing as a hub for technical advice and hands-on demonstrations.

Our team, made up of seasoned professionals, is always ready to offer impartial advice, underpinned by decades of experience. We pride ourselves on being a trusted partner in your projects, accountable for the advice we give, reliable in every transaction, and passionate about the role we play in contributing to impactful work.

From the days of Weldcare Ltd to the fusion with Express Welding Supplies Ltd, our journey has been one of growth and partnership. The merger, inspired by the retirement of our founding figures, signified a blend of shared values and visions, setting the stage for continued innovation and customer-focused service.

As we step into present day, Jack Orbell, representing the third generation, brings fresh perspectives from his extensive career, serving UK manufacturing industries with components, parts, and specialising in industrial product sourcing and supply chain management. He is committed to upholding the family legacy of quality and service, ensuring that EWS remains synonymous with excellence in the welding supply and industrial gas sectors.

Our position as authorised distributors for reliable, leading brands reflects our dedication to quality. We understand that our offerings are more than just products; they are integral to the success of your operations. Thus, we extend beyond the role of a supplier, acting as a vital part of your business through our comprehensive services, including equipment hire, servicing, and gas cylinder supply.

In choosing EWS, you’re not just selecting a distributor—you’re partnering with a team of experts that you can trust, a team that has been a part of the industry’s evolution and stands ready to support the next generation of welding and engineering.

Enjoy the EWS difference, where every interaction is shaped by our commitment to knowledge, accountability, reliability, and passion in what we do.



Our very own Ian Orbell rejected the chance to move to Manchester with his current company and founded a small Welding company in Cobbs Quay, Poole. At this stage, the company name was Weldcare Ltd, soon to be Express Weldcare Services Ltd.


The Weldcare team began to grow its local customer base and welcomed a new addition to the company, Jon Orbell.


The company saw a milestone of significant growth during which a brand new and much larger Weldcare HQ was opened in Verwood, Dorset.


Express Weldcare Services was established in the former premises of Express Welding Supplies, where both companies decided to join forces.

The Merger

The decision to merge the two companies stemmed from the retirement of both Express founder, Peter Halliday, and Weldcare founder, Ian Orbell. Due to the resembelling nature of both entities, the remaining directors Peter Earwaker and Jon Orbell took the decision to combine both businesses.


Today we begin a new era, where longstanding Director Peter Earwaker is beginning his well earned retirement. Newest Director Jack Orbell will be picking up the reigns in the company’s next exciting tenure after joining us from Optimas Solutions, a Class C component distributor. Jack is eager to continue the hard work of his grandfather and father joining as the 3rd generation of the family business.

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