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Founded in 1945 as the National Welding Supply Association (NWSA), the Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA) has represented the distributors and manufacturers of welding supplies and materials for 66 years. The association was formed to facilitate the industry’s supply chain and to promote the value of distribution. Today, the GAWDA mission is to promote the safe operation and economic vitality of distributors of industrial gases and related welding equipment and supplies.


Since 1913, the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has been dedicated to the development and promotion of safety standards and safe practices in the industrial gas industry. With more than 110 member companies worldwide, CGA represents all facets of the industry; manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and transporters of gases, cryogenic liquids, and related products.


The International Oxygen Manufacturers Association, Inc. (IOMA) is the only worldwide trade association of companies in the industrial and medical gas business. Through its Global Committee, IOMA is coordinating and prioritizing the harmonization of industrial gas safety standards to achieve common operating practices worldwide. This work began in 1998 and involves the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) in the United States and Canada; the Asia Industrial Gases Association (AIGA), the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) in Europe, and the Japan Industrial & Medical Gases Association (JIMGA) in Japan.


The American Welding Society (AWS) was founded in 1919, as a nonprofit organization with a global mission to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying.Headquartered in Miami, Florida, and led by a volunteer organization of officers and directors, AWS serves over 70,000 members worldwide and is composed of 22 Districts with 250 Sections and student chapters.


Cryogenic Society of America


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