Plasmatreat GmbH, the maker of atmospheric pressure plasma treatment technology, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Plasmatreat recently hosted more than 300 people at an anniversary party in at company headquarters in Steinhagen, Germany.
“The one word that typifies Plastmatreat is change,” said Christian Buske, managing partner of Plasmatreat GmbH and president and CEO of Plasmatreat Group.
In 1989, Buske completed a degree in cybernetics and automation technology at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, and at 27, he moved with his wife to Steinhagen and became fascinated with plasma. Together with his then partner, engineering and inventor Peter Förnsel, he developed the Openair Plasma jet technology, filing a patent a patent application in 1995. He founded Plasmatreat that same year.
Hella, the automotive supplier, bought the first Openair Plasma system, using it to pretreat car headlamps.
Buske used the technology to successfully apply atmospheric pressure plasma on an industrial scale for the first time, according to Plasmatreat.
Today Plasmatreat employs 180 people worldwide. Turnover was about 30 million euros ($32 million) in 2014.
Plasmatreat dedicates 12 percent of its turnover annually to research and development.
Plasmatreat USA Inc. is in Elgin, Ill.
Tel. 847-783-0622, email [email protected]