Leister Technologies India Pvt Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Leister Technologies AG, Switzerland, known for their premium plastic welding equipment, launched their smallest extrusion welder “FUSION 1” in an event held at Ahmedabad on 20 November 2018. It was well attended by guests from the plastic industry, tank manufacturers, Polypropylene, Polyethylene sheet manufacturers, and other industry experts to witness the launch and demonstration of the smallest extrusion welder.
Mrs. Christiane Leister, Chairperson of the Leister Group and Mr. Klaus Maier, Board Member of Leister India were the chief guests of the evening. Mr. Arun Kumar, Managing Director – Leister Technologies India, hosted the event and kept the audience glued to the one-hour show. The smallest Extrusion Welder was launched by Mrs. Christiane Leister in her welcome address remarked “Leister listens to your feedback, suggestions, and requests which is why, we are developing new welding devices to meet your requests and requirements. This is exactly why we have been the market leaders in all our chosen fields of business for the last nearly 7 decades now.” The new Fusion 1 also was developed after taking inputs from the users. The integrated air guide and removable handle mean that it has a tubular design, making it a particularly space-saving extrusion welding device. Its double-sided wire intake makes the FUSION 1 extremely flexible and versatile when welding in tight spaces. The Fusion 1 has an LED light in front to illuminate the welding area which helps in the improvement of welding quality. It also has the provision to suspend the tool while not in use which will indirectly extend the life of the tool as the tool is kept away from unclean surface or floors. There is also a removable handle which can be mounted for one-hand operation.
Mr. Reto Britschgi, product manager of the Plastic Fabrication segment at Leister Technologies AG, who was in India during early October visited few leading plastic tank manufacturers in and around Ahmedabad to test the new tool and gather insights on how the users will use it in real applications. The tool received a good feedback from the tank manufacturers as it readily gave them a solution they were looking for; to weld in tight spots where access to extrusion welder was not possible earlier. “There is demand not just for extrusion welders with higher output, but also for compact machines like the Leister Weldplast S1 which gave us the reason to develop a totally new design on a small extrusion welder and the result is Fusion 1. The tool has a unique shape that helps it to reach tight places” said Mr. Reto Britschgi. During our visit to Arvind Anticor, a plastic tank fabricator in Ahmedabad, we saw how they used Fusion 1 to weld drain pipe flanges to the tank. This was a pain area for tank manufactures as most failures or leakage happens here. Moreover, the finish has improved to a completely different level” said Mr. Arun Kumar who is confident about the usage of the tool and how this is going to change the traditional method of working.
The event showcased Leister India’s major projects in India like the Jammu – Srinagar Railway tunnel in Banihal where the automatic welder for sheet joining were used to waterproof; the same tool was used in Delhi Metro in the tunnel construction. In roofing projects, Leister products were used in Mumbai International Airport T2 Terminal, Delhi’s T3 Terminal, and Buddh International Circuit in Noida. The recently opened furniture store in Hyderabad had also used Leister tools for waterproofing their roofs. Indian Railways too uses Leister flooring products for the vinyl flooring applications.
Four Fusion 1 tools were pre-booked even before the launch and the tools were delivered to the customers at the event by Mrs. Christiane Leister. “The pre-booking shows that there is an urgent requirement for solution to weld at tight spots and we are glad that we have addressed it on time” said Mr. Arun Kumar.