News: Symbiosis of architecture and plasma
Today, plasma technology from Steinhagen is used worldwide in industry for the environmentally friendly and highly effective pretreatment and nanocoating of material surfaces prior to bonding, painting or printing processes. With subsidiaries and representatives in 35 countries as well as technology centers on three continents, Plasmatreat has developed into the international market leader in its sector since its foundation as a start-up in 1995. Following the opening of the American Plasmatreat development center in California's Silicon Valley just under a year ago, the company is now investing in another construction project, but this time at its headquarters in East-Westphalia.
Construction of the new "Plasmatreat Technology Center" will start in March 2018. Designed by the internationally renowned Dortmund-based architectural group Gerber Architekten, the new building will cover an area of 1,400 square meters, seamlessly integrating with and expanding the existing development. The new building will not only be the largest Plasmatreat center for plasma research and plant development, but also a technical and communicative meeting place for business partners and customers from all over the world.
"If we did not constantly strive to extend our technological lead, we would by no means be in this market-leading position today," explains Christian Buske, Managing Director of Plasmatreat GmbH and CEO of the Plasmatreat Group. For years, the company has invested an average of 12% of its annual turnover in research and development (R&D). However, the technicians, engineers and scientists and their equipment need more and more space, and for the ever-growing international clientele, a representative setting for the appropriate presentation of the company is of high economic importance. "With the Plasmatreat Technology Center, we want to create a place," Buske continues, "where in the future every interested party and customer can come into direct contact with our technologies."
The functional levels of the ultra-modern two-story building complex are clearly defined: The lower level of the building will house the entire R&D department - with chemistry and test laboratories, a special clean room for electrical production and the microbiology research area - as well as the application technology department. The upper floor will be reserved for meeting and conference rooms as well as a seminar room with an associated foyer for almost 200 people.
New jobs will also be created when the construction project is completed in spring 2019. Plasmatreat plans to hire more than twenty new employees, with particular emphasis on strengthening the research & development, design, and service- and production-related departments. In addition to engineers and scientists from various disciplines, the new technology center will need qualified skilled workers and technicians with a mechatronic background for automation technology. Service technicians for worldwide commissioning will also find an exciting field of activity here. Interested parties can already find out about advertised positions on the company's website and apply.