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KWJS’ MISSION STATEMENT

Welding is a production technology which requires highly-specialized technical skills. Welding is required in various industrial contexts, spanning from the fabrication of small electronic components to that of large-scale oil tankers, aircrafts and nuclear facilities. It also plays a critical role in the primary-level processing of materials and the manufacture of highly value-added products, as well as in repair and maintenance operations. During the early 1900s, advanced industrial economies recognized the future significance of the welding sector. Throughout the past decades, they continued to support the sector, as evidenced by their policies and, understandably, their efforts have now come to fruition. The technical prowess of these nations placed them in an advantageous position, insofar as global competition in welding-related industries has been concerned.

On the other hand, during this period, Korea focused only on imitation of these advanced technologies or, on simple assembly processes. Such strategies proved to be double-edged swords for Korea: the nation succeeded in substantially expanding its industrial capacity, but simultaneously failed to keep up with quality advancement. As a result, the gap continued to grow seismically between the welding technologies of Korea and those of the more advanced nations, the latter being ever more sophisticated and systemic.

Considering these international vs domestic approaches, the KWJS’ initial mission dating from the 1980s should be renewed: to become a reference in the global welding industry. To that end, the promotion of welding technologies must be a top priority, in particular, the technologies utilized for the manufacture of globally-completive products for heavy industries. In addition, industries, research institutes and academia, as well as other individual stakeholders in the welding sector, must make further contributions and collaborate in order to create the synergy required for growth.

In this regard, the Korean Welding and Joining Society (KWJS) continues to play a critical and pivotal role. This is all the more pertinent in the context of the immediate challenges faced by Korean industry: the introduction and localization of new welding technologies through exchanges with other international welding societies and, thereby, the advancement of the general level of Korean welding technologies. In response to the clarion call of the times, the KWJS was officially established by several founders, all committed to the development of welding technology in Korea.

October 1982
Founding of the Korean Welding Society
August 1983
Publication of the first issue of the Journal of KWS
November 1983
Organization of the 1st Autumn Academic Symposium (Hyundai Heavy Industry Co. Ltd.)
February 1985
Membership of the Korean Federation of Science & Technology (KOFST)
July 1986
Membership of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) (at the 46th IIW Annual Assembly held in Tokyo, Japan)
November 1987
Organization of the International Welding Show (IWS)
August 1988
Signature of a business agreement with the Korea Welding Industry Cooperative (KWIC)
October 1991
Inter-country recognition of certifications: Korean Welding Engineer (KWE) and the equivalent German SFI diplomas, as well as the KWE and the Japanese WES
October 1992
Publication of the Welding Dictionary
October 1992
Organization of the Autumn Symposium in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Society
July 1998
Inter-country recognition of certifications: the Korean Welding Engineer (KWE) and European Welding Engineer (EWE) diplomas
July 1998
Transfer of the Society’s main office to #810 Hongin Officetel, Bong-myung dong, Yusung-gu, Daejon, Korea.
October 1998
Publication of the Welding Handbook
June 1999
Designation as an institute for general welding training for Daejon National University of Technology (now known as Hanbat National University)
November 1999
Designation as an assistant administrator of ISO/TC44 (Welding and welding-related processes)
February 2000
Designation as an institute for general welding training for Cheonan National Junior Technical College (now known as Kongju National University)
April 2000
Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for academic exchanges with the Japanese Welding Society (JWS)
October 2000
Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for academic exchanges with the Welding Association of the People’s Republic of China
June 2001
Designation as an institute for general welding training for Korea Aerospace University
October 2001
Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with the China Engineering Construction Welding Association
December 2001
Selection as a “Registered Academic Journal” by the Korea Research Foundation
October 2002
Organization of the 1st IWC-Korea 2002 (Kyungjoo) in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the society’s foundation
July 2004
Membership of the Asian Welding Federation (AWF)
June 2005
Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for academic exchanges with the Chinese Welding Society (CWS)
January 2007
Change of the official name of the society to “The Korean Welding and Joining Society” (KWJS)
July 2007
Re-instatement of membership of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) (at the 60th IIW Annual Assembly held in Dubrovnik/Cavtat, Croatia)
August 2007
Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for academic exchanges with the American Welding Society (AWS)
May 2009
Acceptance of membership of the IIW’s International Authorization Board (IIW-IAB)
May 2009
Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for educational and technical exchanges with Gyeongnam Provincial Geochang College
May 2011
Designation as a Co-operating Organization for Standards Development (COSD) by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards
June 2011
Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with P.R. of China and Japan at the East Asian Symposium on Technology of Welding and Joining (EAST-WJ)
February 2013
Transfer of the Society’s main office to the Korea Science & Technology Building, Seoul
July 2014
Organization of the 67th IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference

KWJS Activities

  • Publication of academic journals (in Korean and English languages)
  • Publication of specialized books (e.g., terminology dictionaries, handbooks and books for professionals)
  • Organization of academic symposia (in Spring and Autumn)
  • Hosting of workshops and seminars
  • Establishment of Professional Research Committees
  • Standardization of welding technology
    • Assistance for the administration of ISO/TC44 (Welding and Welding-related Processes Committee)
    • Contribution to the establishment and revision of the KS-ISO Compliance Standard
  • Welding-related training and certification
    • Membership of the IIW-IAB
    • Implementation of the IIW-ANB Education, Training, Qualification and Certification systems, including the issuing of diplomas
  • Interaction with relevant international associations
    • Membership of the IIW
    • Membership of the AWF
    • Interaction with foreign welding societies (e.g., AWS, CWS and JWS)
  • Sponsorship of the International Welding Show