Vic Elves arrived in South Africa in 1952 and after being involved with the dredging of the Zandvlei at Marina da Gama in Cape Town he identified a niche in the local engineering sector. A specialised welding company offering personal expertise to local engineering companies was the basis of Vic’s unique selling proposition. Many long hours were spent growing the business and it was not too long before Allweld was recognised as the leader in cast iron, aluminium, stainless and problem steel welding. Vic’s amiable personality lent itself to the growth of the business and although the systems were more hands-on than technology driven, the customer base continued to grow.

Sons Clinton and Leigh joined the business in 1988, having spent many hours as youngsters watching and working alongside their father. With the youthful injection came new systems, ideas, processes and markets – and the boys were not only learning from their experienced father, but were more importantly learning on-the-job. This on-the-job training became synonymous with Vic’s drive to train all his staff in all aspects of welding and general engineering.

Tragedy struck the company when Vic passed away in 1996 and in 1999 an industrial incident claimed the lives of Clinton Elves and two employees. Leigh Elves who was also seriously injured in the incident decided in 2000 to take Allweld to a new level of quality, safety and professionalism. He acquired the business from other family members, proceeded to appoint a strong management team and infused his forward thinking strategy into the local industry.

Today Allweld is a leader in specialised welding and the training academy is establishing a growth path for future artisans within the South African and African landscapes.

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