Hardbanding Solutions

Hardbanding Solutions Europe Limited Was Created In September 2011 By Darren Mathieson, Adan Mathieson, And Colin Duff.


All three of us were born with welding in our blood, and have combined our skills, expertise and sheer determination to be the best in our field, to create a globally successful company with industry leading products.

We’re very proud of our Ayrshire roots and are firm believers in giving a bit back to the community.  We currently sponsor two local football teams – UCA Amateur Football Club and Crosshouse Boys Club.

meet the team

Colin Duff Hardbanding

Colin Duff

Commercial Director

Colin followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the welding industry in 2005. He then moved into hardbanding technology and introduced Duraband NC to the drilling industry in Europe, Russia, CIS and Africa. Colin’s focus is always on the customer and he’ll go to any length to ensure they’re given every bit of support they need to get the most from our products.

A well-known face in our industry, Colin has travelled to more than 60 countries to deliver hundreds of technical presentations on hardbanding. In the evenings at Hardbanding HQ, you’ll often hear the strained notes of Colin playing his Great Highland Bagpipes.


Darren Mathieson

Director of Engineering

Darren has been involved with welding since he was a teenager.  While most young lads in his home town of Galston were out on their bikes, going to school discos and chasing girls, Darren could be found working with his Dad and brother Adan at Mathieson Ltd, a welding equipment distributor.

A qualified electrical engineer, Darren’s interest is in ground-breaking technology, such as the Tip-Tig automatic tig welding process, which he introduced in the UK.  After leading training courses across the globe on every specification of hardbanding equipment available, Darren imagined a better way of hardbanding. Together with Adan, he set about designing and building our pioneering products.


Adan Mathieson

Technical Director

There’s very little Adan doesn’t know about welding.  Not only can he get the most out of the equipment, but he’s also a qualified service engineer – if something stops working, he’ll fix it. Most recently, Adan has trained welders in Cameroon, Angola, Congo, Siberia and even Aberdeen.  He gets the most out of any trainee, even when they don’t speak in a broad Ayrshire dialect!

Welding aside, Adan is known for keeping more specialised Single Malt Whisky than the Duty Free at Edinburgh Airport.  He also takes part in various long-distance running events and can be spotted many a night puddle-dodging on the streets of Kilmarnock.