Our Core Values

Flowspools and Crossovers

Flowspools and Crossovers

As a leading supplier of flowspools to the offshore oil industry QAWT combines a wide experience of the industry’s requirements to provide a complete project management service embracing all aspects of production, testing, certification and documentation.

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Weld Overlay Cladding

Weld Overlay Cladding

QAWT has developed an extensive range of procedures and techniques for weld inlay and weld overlay cladding applications for the Offshore, Petrochemical and Power Generation industries.

API Flanges & Wellhead Equipment

API Flanges & Wellhead Equipment

With in-house CNC machining and extensive bore and RTJ inlay capacity using computer controlled Hot Wire TIG cladding machines we can produce a range of API flanges and wellhead equipment to order.

Production Systems

Production Systems

Manifold systems, Pullheads and Goosenecks.



WeldLinks™ form an integral part of a fully welded jointing system for connecting Polyethylene lined Water Injection pipe and subsea risers

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Special Projects

Special Projects

Delivering innovative solutions for complex challenges


  • 1980 – QA Weld Tech Ltd is established in one 600 sqm unit on the newly developed Riverside park Industrial Estate in Middlesbrough by Welding Engineer and current Managing Director, Charles Tighe, and Mervyn Jones, a qualified Metallurgist.
  • 1982 – Begin working with Cameron Ltd (now OneSubsea) in the Oil & Gas industry on a subcon basis.
  • 1988 – Develop in-house the Company’s first cladding rig for the overlay of corrosion resistant alloys.
  • 1989 – Acquisition of nearby General Metallurgical Services (GMS) enabling the Company to offer testing services, complementing the existing welding expertise.
  • 1992 – GMS sold to NTS (Now Exova). Texaco’s Strathspey field in the North Sea becomes the first project supplied with turnkey flowbends assembled and welded by QA Weld Tech.
  • 1994 – First Fronius cladding rig purchased, beginning a long relationship with one of the World leaders in cladding technology.
  • 1995 – Working with British Gas’ Technology Centre in the North-East of England QA Weld Tech develops the first weld inlay procedures for the WeldLink connector undergoing development.
  • 1996 – BP’s Foinhaven development becomes the first major project to use the innovative WeldLink connector and QA Weld Tech are awarded the exclusive license to manufacture this product.
    1997 – Richard Knowles joins QAWT as Technical Director and European Welding Engineer.
  • 2003 – QA Weld Tech’s first pipe cladding rig is installed.
  • 2006 – CNC Machining is introduced to support the manufacturing operations.
  • 2009 – Adjacent units are acquired bring the Company’s production space to 3500sqm.
  • 2011 – QA Weld Tech’s new offices are officially opened at 2a Bowes Road.
  • 2013 – After visits by Petrobras significant orders are placed, marking the introduction of QA Weld Tech to the Brazilian market. Additional investment in CNC machining and pipe cladding rigs adds to the Company’s production capacity.
  • 2014 – Further premises are secured on Riverside Park, bringing the total UK production space to 4600sqm.
  • 2015 – David Pickles is appointed to the position of Operations Director, completing the Management Team, and a state of the art pressure testing facility is opened to complement the existing facilities.


Charlie Tighe

Managing Director

David Pickles

Operations Director

Richard Knowles

Technical Director

Andrew Dean

Business Development

Ian Hutchinson

Key Account Manager

Karrie-Ann Carroll

HR Manager

Fred Taylor

Company Metallurgist

Adam Stockport

Planning & Assurance Manager

Peter Harrison

Welding Engineer

Stewart Geary

Manufacturing Manager

Brian Allison

Quality Manager

Ian Scott

Senior Estimator