Dukane acquires KVT


Dukane’s Vanessa Maresch shows a part with complicated geometry bonded using hot gas welding.
Plastics welding equipment supplier Dukane  announced at NPE2018 that it has acquired German plastics bonding equipment provider KVT (Bielefeld). KVT offers a wide variety of bonding technologies, the most important of which is its patented hot gas welding system.
“Industry wants particulate-free assembly technology,” said Dukane CEO and President Mike Johnston during a press conference at booth W3763. “It also wants parts with a nice cosmetic appearance and the ability to join complicated geometries. Hot gas welding delivers on all three requirements,” said Johnston.
There is global demand for hot gas welding, added Johnston, and KVT has been successful in marketing the technology worldwide. In fact, current projections suggest that KVT will double its revenue in 2018, according to Dukane.