“ProArc has a well-established reputation in its field for quality yet value solutions – including welding systems, CNC drilling machines, CNC cutting machines and welding automation units,” says Mark Reaney, Westermans’ technical director. “As we are now able to underline our ability to provide solutions in this sector, we will not only enhance services to our customers, but strengthen ProArc’s own sales, especially in the UK and Ireland.

Reaney draws particular attention to Westermans’ focus on seam-welding applications which, he believes, will help ProArc achieve greater success in these key markets.

Although ProArc, which is headquartered in Taiwan, has long been part of Westermans’ offer, the newly agreed distributorship agreement means a greater choice will be available. The company will also now hold smaller ProArc units in stock, while providing rapid access to machinery that fulfils larger installation needs. In all cases, Westermans’ support capability, from the ability to tailor installations to meet exact needs, to the supply of spare parts, is available across the range.

“We will be stocking a broad range of ProArc products – from CNC plasma and gas-cutting systems, longitudinal seam-welding machines and bench-type lathe welders, to welding positioners and pipe rotators,” says Reaney, who also points out that a number of units will be set-up for viewing and demonstration at the company’s Leicester premises.

Westermans highlights a number of key markets where the development will be of particular note, including automotive exhaust, vacuum component and cryogenic vessel manufacturing, as well as water tank, aircraft component, flexible metal hose and sheet metal fabrication.

“With more than 50 years’ experience to call on and successful installations in over 60 countries, the name of ProArc is both established and respected – not least because of an ongoing commitment to research and development,” concludes Reaney.

Hunter Tseng, ProArc’s regional sales manager, endorses these points: “ProArc has built a good reputation in the European market with the co-operation of Westermans, which has built a powerful sales network and operates a good online and offline sales system that we find very impressive.

“Now, ProArc and Westermans are moving further together, with the company becoming the exclusive distributor for ProArc CNC cutting machines and welding equipment in the UK and Ireland,” he continues. “It is both an important milestone for Westermans and an historic moment for ProArc as it expands its business in the European market. I am convinced that through open conversation and by sharing the same philosophy and goals, we can create a new page for our co-operation.”