ELARC Welding Products Limited [formerly Electric Arc (Jamaica) Limited] are manufacturers of welding products under the ELARC brand and is the premiere manufacturer of its kind in Jamaica and the Caribbean today, with an internationally recognized product.
The company was established in 1972 as a subsidiary of the United Kingdom’s multinational firm, Brish Oxygen Limited. The company established as its main objective, the servicing of the then growing Jamaican industrial sector. In addition, it supplied its products to agents in Trinidad and Guyana, which were originally product distributors for the parent company.
However, the company has changed ownership three times in its years of existence. In 1975, disappointed with the declining sales caused by deteriorating economic conditions in Jamaica, Brish Oxygen sold ELARC to a group of Jamaican nationals. In 1977, the company was again sold to another Jamaican interest and has been in this ownership since then.
Recognizing that the company had potential, the new management embarked on an ambitious plan:
- Retool the plant with modern equipment.
- To bring its product quality to international specifications.
- Broaden its range of products.
- Upgrade the skills of its workforce.
ELARC was originally situated in Olympic Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica but now operates in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica on the site of its once main competitor which it acquired in 1986. Starting out with five product types, the ELARC expanded its line to eight in 1973, twenty-seven types by 1984 and to over eighty types currently. The company also has the capability to formulate additional electrode types on demand, to meet specific customer requirements.
In 1977, the ELARC commanded 20% of the local market and has since moved to its present position as the leading supplier locally as well as exporting over 40% of its production volumes to a number of regional countries. Today, the ELARCbrand is highly recognizable and regarded and is a truly Jamaican product with a strong regional presence forged from its global raw material supplier inputs.