Does manual metal arc welding with a covered stick electrode have a future?
The covered stick electrode has become long in the tooth. Oscar Kjellberg submitted a patent application for it in 1908 and it celebrated its 110th birthday last year. Although the application of gas-shielded metal arc welding is continuing to increase slightly, the stick electrode is indispensable for certain welding work. As proven by recent statistics in Germany (for example), the production value of stick electrodes has been on a stable level between Euro 50 million and Euro 70 million in the past twelve years. There are good reasons for this.
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