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Plasmatreat celebrates 20th anniversary

Nov 09, 2015

In his speech CEO Christian Buske reported on the company's successful development over the past 20 years. (Copyright Plasmatreat)

In his speech CEO Christian Buske reported on the company's successful development over the past 20 years. (Copyright Plasmatreat)

“The one thing that typifies Plasmatreat is change.” These were the words used by Christian Buske, Managing Partner of Plasmatreat GmbH and President/CEO of the Plasmatreat Group to describe the constant, fruitful change that his company has experienced over the last 20 years.

In 1989 after completing a degree in cybernetics and automation technology at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, the future entrepreneur, aged just 27 years, moved with his wife to Steinhagen, where he became fascinated by plasma. Together with his then partner, engineer and inventor Peter Förnsel, he developed the Openair®-Plasma jet technology, filing a patent application for it in 1995, the same year that he founded Plasmatreat GmbH. 

Buske used the innovative technology to successfully apply atmospheric pressure plasma on an industrial scale for the very first time. It was Hella, one of the world’s largest automotive component suppliers for lighting technology and electronic products that bought the first Openair®-Plasma system at that time, using it in series production for the pretreatment of car headlamps. Many large and smaller names were to follow and Plasmatreat expanded around the globe. Right from the outset the company's planning strategy was also characterized by targeted cooperation with universities and research institutes, nationally and internationally.

Within the last 20 years the original three-man start-up has evolved into a medium-sized company group headquartered in Steinhagen, Germany. The today’s world market leader is operating in 35 countries and with 15 subsidiaries in 11 countries. Four of them are located in North America, chaired by Plasmatreat US in Elgin, Illinois. Now employing a workforce of 180 worldwide, in 2014 the company generated a turnover of around 30 million euros. Plasmatreat invests 12% of its turnover annually in research and development.  

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Plasmatreat USA, Inc.
2541 Technology Drive, Suite 407
Elgin, IL 60124, USA
Phone: +1 847 783 0622
Fax: +1 847 783 0991

Contact: Mr. Jeff Leighty

Plasmatreat USA, Inc.
4th State,  Inc.
1260 Elmer Street
Belmont, CA 94002, USA
Phone: +1 650 596 1606
Fax: +1 650 596 1180

Contact: Mr. Wally Hansen

Plasmatreat North America Inc.
1480 Sandhill Dr., Unit 8,
Ancaster, ON L9G 4V5, Canada
Phone: +1 905 304-5200
Fax: +1 905 304-5260

Contact: Mr. Tim Smith

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