Thermit Ltd was first established in London in 1904 by the Goldschmidt Company. In 1919, Goldschmidt formed Elektro-Thermit GmbH in Essen to develop and market the Aluminothermic business and in 1958 Thermit Welding (GB) ltd was formed by Murex Ltd and Elektro-Thermit GmbH, based at its present location in Rainham, Essex. Murex ltd was subsequently taken over by BOC who later sold its holding in the company to the TH Goldschmidt AG.
In 2000, the company reverted to full ownership by the Goldschmidt Thermit Group which comprises of over 20 companies associated with the development, manufacture, distribution and technical support for the Thermit Welding processes.
Today, the company remains a strategic supplier to the Railways, and continues to develop products and welding methods to meet the demands for continual improvement, with investment in new production methods, Research and Development, on-site training, technical support and specialized contract services.
Thermit process production, stocking and distribution, quality control, engineering, equipment development and assembly, and sales administration, are all based at our main premises at Rainham, where there are also our analytical laboratories and facilities for welder training.
"Supporting the railway infrastructure for 100 years"
Should it be required, we have access to the latest mechanical, metallurgical and analytical laboratory facilities and technical staff at the Group Research Department located in Germany.
The Managing Director is a professionally qualified scientist who has represented the industry on British and European Standards and technical committees, participates on Rail technical groups, and the company contributes regularly to technical seminars, conferences training and general educational support projects. As would be expected, there is direct 'hands-on' involvement with process development, and customer liaison.
All the management team is committed to continuous product improvement and to providing solutions to customers specific rail associated problems. As such there are regular liaison meetings with clients and a permanent internal development programme forming part of the Quality Management System. Of our 30 permanent employees, 10 are actively involved with development and technical support services. Most of our site support staff have many years experience working on the Railway infrastructure and, all comply with safety critical work requirements, and are certificated to work on track.
Working with the client we assist with establishing technical standards, and welding procedures, purpose build welding equipment and assemble the complete package of welding tools including purpose built equipment when required, arrange shipping to site, welder training and site management/supervision. If required we can even install the rail, weld it and inspect the finished product.
In April 2001, the company established its technical services division (TWS) to support its core manufacturing and supply business. The division, located in Derby - is an approved supplier of specialized contract based services to the industry, currently focusing on specialist training, track technology, and track maintenance services. The division also provides on-site customer technical support and contributes to the internal Research and Development programme.
The company, and the whole Goldschmidt Thermit Group, remains committed to a strategy of expanding its scope of services to the rail industry - with new welding technology for rail inspection, repair, installation and grinding in development, coupled with an increasing selection of innovative track components for plain line and switches and crossings.