1949 - 1959
Karl Leister, 1992
Karl Leister founded "Karl Leister Elektro-Gerätebau" in Solingen, Germany as a sole proprietorship.
The first product:
Leister FIX W200, handheld vacuum cleaner. With three employees, began production in the basement of his parents’ home.
Karl Leister invents the
Leister KOMBI, a hot-air tool for welding thermoplastics. First production building in Solingen.
First Leister trade show booth at the 'K' fair, international plastics trade fair, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Expansion of sales network: ten countries in Europe and Australia.
First steps in Switzerland
1963 - 1993
Opening of branch office in Kaegiswil/Obwalden, Switzerland with four employees; 30 employees in Solingen.
New production building in Kaegiswil, Switzerland, with 50 employees.
New Process Heat product line: Air heater with blower.
Expansion of sales network in six countries in Europe, as well as the U.S.A., Canada, South Africa, Israel and Japan.
First Leister Blower, 1961
Leister becomes a Swiss company
1970 - 1979
New production in Solingen, Germany with 45 employees.
First production expansion in Kaegiswil.
All business activities moved from Solingen to Kaegiswil.
Second production expansion in Kaegiswil.
Production in Solingen is shut down.
The "Karl Leister Elektro-Gerätebau" company now has its new location in Switzerland with 100 employees.
Own motor production founded.
Leister HOTWIND, 1971
Growth and expansion
1980 - 1989
A historic farm house is turned into offices in the production area in Kaegiswil.
Third and fourth production expansions in Kaegiswil.
Expansion of sales network in 17 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Emergence into new business activities
1992 - 1999
Last production expansion in Kaegiswil (Schwarzenbergstrasse 10)
Sales and service centers with sales partners in 41 countries.
Christiane Leister takes over control of the company and executive management as a successor.
New “Weldy” product line: Hot-air blowers for DIY and private label customers.
New business activities: Axetris gas sensors and micro-optics.
Acquisition of "Lemantech SA,” a start-up company from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, as an entry into micro-technology.
More history about Axetris
New Leister product line: Laser systems for welding plastics.
Laser Plastic Welding Product portfolio
New company building with high-bay warehouse in Sarnen/Obwalden, Switzerland.
Integrated clean room for Axetris in Kaegiswil production building.
Leister Technologies GmbH Germany.
Leister traveling to other continents
2000 - 2009
Leister Technologies LLC, Itasca, Ill., U.S.A.
Leister Technologies Ltd., Shanghai, China
Production of Weldy hot-air tools—do-it-yourself and private labels―moves from Switzerland to China.
More history of Leister China.
Acquisition of "IR Microsystems SA" to expand Axetris product portfolio.
Acquisition of a representative industrial building in Kaegiswil on Galileo-Strasse. The "Cockpit" becomes the company’s new headquarters.
Leister Technologies KK, Japan.
From separate companies to consortium
2011 - 2018
The separate companies—Leister Process Technologies, with Leister and Axetris business units, and the Leister subsidiaries abroad―are transformed into a corporate structure.
Leister AG becomes the holding company for the Leister Group.
Leister Technologies Pvt. Ltd., India
Leister Technologies Benelux Ltd. with locations in the Netherlands and Belgium
Leister Technologies Italy S.r.l., Italy
Weldy AG, Kaegiswil: Global distribution of Weldy products under the do-it-yourself and private labels.
Acquisition of Seamtek, Inc., Sandpoint, Idaho, U.S.A., to expand the Leister product portfolio with welders for film welding.
Weldy becomes a trademark of Leister.
The Leister Group takes over long-time distribution partner, Klappenbach GmbH, Hagen, Germany.
Leister invests 35 million Swiss francs in production line expansion and new clean rooms for Axeris AG.
Start of construction of the extension to Leister Technologies AG in Sarnen
870 employees worldwide, 570 of them in Switzerland
Leister SEAMTEK 36, 2014