Orlando, Fla. — The recent acquisition of Bielefeld, Germany-based KVT Bielefeld GmbH serves a dual purpose for plastics welding system manufacturer Dukane Corp. Not only does the transaction expand Dukane’s footprint into Germany, where it had little presence previously, but it also gives St. Charles, Ill.-based Dukane access to KVT’s proprietary hot gas welding technology, which company executives say produces particulate-free strong bonds of thermal plastic components. The acquisition was finalized in late November but first announced publicly during a May 8 news conference at NPE2018. The companies are in the process of integrating the 80 employees of KVT into the processes of Dukane and vice-versa, according to Michael Johnston, Dukane CEO and president. “The plastics industry has changed quite a bit,” Johnston said. “What has happened is customers are looking for this particulate-free welding. They want a way to put those two pieces together without particulate. It’s becoming more demanding.” And, he said, aesthetics are becoming more of a priority for the welding process. Previously, he said, a weld joint for a taillight might hav...