Company Information

Training Centre Address

Speciality Welds Ltd
Unit 1
Rawfolds Way
West Yorkshire
BD19 5LJ

Tel: +44 (0) 844 800 1810


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Speciality Welds Limited, part of the Advanced Industrial Solutions Group.

Registered Head Office Address

Speciality Welds, part of Advanced Industrial Solutions Ltd

Units 3 & 4 Jupiter Court,

Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate

North Shields,

Tyne & Wear

NE29 7SE


Company Registration number 5982756.


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Here at Speciality Welds we offer a range of welding expertise, products and services. Services include;

  • Consultancy
  • Technical help and advice
  • Welding procedure (WPS)
  • Failure investigation
  • Welding process selection
  • Welding defect avoidance
  • National/International welding standards/specification
  • On-site welder training (MMA/MIG-MAG/TIG/Oxy-fuel/Brazing)
  • Formal qualification of welders & procedures
  • Welding inspection / NDT services
  • QA/QC manuals/working instructions/method statements.

We also manufacture a wide range of welding and cutting consumables and equipment for underwater welding, and supply new and used welding machines, consumables and other welding equipment for general engineering uses. Our own brand products include:

  • Barracuda Gold welding electrodes (C-M steel)
  • Hammerhead welding electrodes (Stainless steel)
  • The Hammerhead wet-spot welding process
  • Swordfish arc cutting electrodes
  • Scorpion Blue Oxy-fuel cutting lances
  • Piranha safety/control isolation switches
  • Stinger electrode holder
  • Auto-darkening welding lens

We also offer a range of new & used machines including:

  • Mahe
  • Arc-Gen
  • Lincoln
  • Mosa
  • Miller
  • Harrington


David Keats

David Keats our MD has been involved in the welding industry since the early 70’s, having initially served his time as a welder for a structural engineering company, but has also worked in the following industries;

  • Pressure vessels
  • Process pipe work
  • Hydraulics
  • Chemical tanks
  • Railways
  • Glass moulding
  • Aircraft
  • Structural steel and bridges
  • Lifting & HGV Trailer equipment
  • Marine
  • Off-shore

After qualifying as a commercial diver in the early 80’s David Keats was involved with both wet and hyperbaric welding offshore, and in the civil engineering sector. During the 80’s he gained various qualifications in NDT, welding inspection, ultrasonic, MPI and DP and worked as both inspector and welder/diver. In 1987 David Keats set up ‘Hydromech Technical Services Ltd.’ and provided welding, inspection and training services. In 1988 he qualified as an instructor with STA College and completed other TWI technical welding qualifications. In 1990 he wrote his first book ‘The Professional Divers Manual on Wet Welding’ published by Woodhead Publishing. In 1991 David Keats introduced the UK’s first National qualification in underwater welding, through The Marine & Engineering Training Association and began offering training both in the UK and overseas. In 1994 we became an M&ETA approved assessment centre.

Continuing with his studies, David Keats qualified as an International/European welding technologist and received a Diploma in welding engineering and technology in 1992. In 1997 he gained a National certificate in metals technology from Bradford & Ilkley College. More recently, in 2000 David qualified as a Senior Welding Inspector. In 2004 he completed the second revised edition of his book, entitled ‘A Welder’s Mate’, published by Troubador, and is presently preparing a thesis for senior member of TWI/Chartered Engineer status.

In June 2002, following a MBO from MOS International Plc, David Keats commenced trading as Speciality Welds.