The Association of Welding Products Manufacturers (AWPM) was established during year 2005, at the initiatives of some of the leading manufacturers of welding products in India. The Association was registered on 8th February 2005 with the Registrar, Greater Bombay Region, maharashtra Government. The AWPM was basically established to bring all the manufacturers of the welding products together, set their objectives and aims, take up various issues regarding overall business of Welding Products in India, as and when required, with CII & Government of India, and initiate all the actions required for technological and business growth of Indian Welding Industry to match with international level. AWPM has about 22 members as on date.

Aims And Objectives

  • To study the market for welding products and services in India from time to time and assist the Government in formulating proper mutually helpful policies in regard to such products.
  • to engage Research and Knowledge Sharing Institutions / Educational Institutions / Universities in pursuing research / new development relating to welding processes, products and services.
  • To sponsor deserving Welding Technologists for higer education / specialization in welding technology with scholarships / financial supports.
  • To continually work towards improvements of Indian Standards for welding on the lines AWS/DNI etc.
  • To closely work with Raw Material manufacturers / suppliers (Steel, Rutile, Chemicals etc.) for the development, quality and supply related issues.
  • To interact with the various Government Agencies and various Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Export Promotion Councils and other Revenue Agencies for growth oriented approaches / policies towards the welding industry.
  • To work for the common interest of the welding products manufacturers in India by promoting ethical Trade practices and combating the menace of spurious / imitation goods and for the doing of such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of above objectives.
  • To obtain details of supplies of major raw materials from respective members and obtain details of the sales and make them available to the Government and interested people, if asked for.
  • To obtain details of the sales made by the members of the Associations having similar aims and objectives.
  • To co-operate with Institutions and Associations having similar aims and objectives.
  • To support and promote the activities for the safety and health of the welders and people working in welding and fabrication area of industry.
  • To engage in any other lawful activity which may be conducive to the promotion of any or all the objectives of the Society mentioned above on no profit motive.


  • 1. Association of Welding Products Manufacturers (AWPM) is the member of Council of Associations of CII called as CII-ASCON since year 2015-16 and participate in most of activities including conferences, workshops and exhibitions/expos etc
  • 2. AWPM also cooperate with professional bodies of welding fraternity in India like Indian Institute of Welding (IIW) and Indian Welding Society (IWS) and participate & support various activities planned by them.

Why Welding and Welding Industry are important in India

Welding is indispensable to all manufacturing industries. It is considered as a special manufacturing process and therefore very critical process for all manufacturing activities. With development of material science, newer materials with better mechanical properties are becoming available on one hand. On the other hand, due to technological development in Electronic field, welding processes are modified and improved day by day. This has enhanced welding efficiency & productivity multifold. Use of welding processes has increased in all the industries for metal joining applications. As a result of this, one cannot imagine the development and manufacturing of new products like Super critical boilers, satellites like Mangalyan, Defence equipments like main battle tank, long range missiles, Heavy mechanical structures for high pressure, low & high temperature applications etc without the use of welding processes. With growth of steel industry steel production has increased multifold in last few decades, which has fuelled the welding & fabrication activities rapidly across all industry sectors. Now the welding activities have become integral part of industry sectors like, Heavy Engineering, Construction, Oil & Gas, Power, Auto Industry, Railways, Steel, Defence, Aviation & Space, Shipping and other Infrastructural & nation building projects. The success of “Make in India” initiative depends on manufacturing activities across all industry sectors which will not be possible without welding.

Initiatives taken by AWPM to improve Welding Skills for welders and engineers in India

Ever since it’s inception in year 2005, AWPM have been actively supporting skill development activities for welders across all industries in India. AWPM have sponsored from time to time needy welders for various courses at welding training institutes to improve their welding skills. AWPM has also organized “Welding Competition” for welders to make them competitive for doing better quality welds.

AWPM Cares for SAFETY and HEALTH of Welders & People working in welding area

AWPM have been promoting and creating awareness among welders for SAFETY and HEALTH hazards in welding and fabrication area of industries. Such awareness is created by training and displaying illustrations of what precautions should be taken by welders against various health hazards prevailing in welding areas of industry, during national and international exhibitions being held in India.AWPM have been also conducting “Free Health Check up camps” during national and international exhibitions held in India.

Important Activities

  • Important Activities done by AWPM in Recent Years

    Following are the activities :
    Sr. No. Activity Result
    1 Representation to Central Boiler Board (CBB) Delhi to extend Approval period for welding consumables from 6 months to 2 years Technical committee of CBB has already recommended the extension to 1 year and the notification to this effect released vide Registration number D.L.-33004/99 on 2nd May’2017
    2 Representation to Commerce and Industry Ministry to stop imports duty exemption being given through FTA/CECAs/CEPAs agreements on imports of welding consumables used in shipbuilding industry Requested both Commerce ministry (MoC) and Finance ministry to exclude welding products from FTAs / CECAs / CEPAs agreements. Special working group formed by government to study the impact of such imports
    3 Representation to MoC /DIPP/BIS regarding BIS Certification and Recertification process for some welding & cutting products which are under mandatory certification list as announced by BIS and DIPP department of MoC. Informed difficulties being faced by welding product manufacturers for fresh certification & annual recertification processes and suggested them how these processes can be streamlined to make them manufacturers friendly
    4 Inadequacy of existing BIS standards for welding products and how these standards can be rationalized to the level of American & European standards like AWS, API, ASME, and EN standards We are awaiting the response from both MoC and BIS in these matters.
    5 Representation to H R Ministry to introduce degree level ‘Welding Engineering” course through AICTE board We have received the confirmation from them that the same will be considered at appropriate time.
    6 AWPM has taken initiatives to cooperate with Engineering Institutes in India to set up “Welding Learning Centers” (WLC) The first “Welding Learning Center” is already established at VIVA Institute of Technology at Virar, Thane, Mumbai in year 2015. The next WLC planned to be established at D Y Patil Institute of Engineering and Technology at Pimpri, Pune.
    7 Promoted Welder’s Safety and Health aspects through events like exhibitions being organized by IIW, Weld India 2014 & 2015 and organized by IWS/MDI like India Essen Welding & Cutting exhibitions in 2014 & 2016 and Joining and Welding Expo 2017 at organized by CII We have created awareness on Health and Safety hazardsfor welders & people working in welding area & illustrated what precautions need to be taken by concerned People. AWPM has organized free Health Check up camp for weldersduring Weld India 2014 at Delhi
    8 AWPM also organized Welder’s Competition in these exhibitions to promote their welding skill & make them competitive Created interest among welder for WELDING SKILL DEVELOPMENT
    9 AWPM has decided to revive the Welding Division in CII Taken CII-ASCON membership to continue efforts to revive welding division
    10 Supporting IIW and IWS for their national and international level welding workshops, Seminars and Symposium. Awarding young technologists and researchers through such events Encouraged R&D and Development activities for welding processes to improve welding Quality & productivity. Use of new cost effective materials for welding production
    11 Upgrading AWPM website and Development of Web based data collection system from AWPM members to capture market size and authentic market information In process. First demonstration of the system implementation scheduled in March’2018