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Founding years

1949 - 1959

Karl Leister, 1992
Karl Leister, 1992
  • 1949
  • Karl Leister founded "Karl Leister Elektro-Gerätebau" in Solingen, Germany as a sole proprietorship.
  • 1950
  • The first product: Leister FIX W200, handheld vacuum cleaner.
  • With three employees, began production in the basement of his parents’ home.
  • 1954
  • Karl Leister invents the Leister KOMBI, a hot-air tool for welding thermoplastics.
  • First production building in Solingen.
  • 1959
  • First Leister trade show booth at the 'K' fair, international plastics trade fair, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • 1949 - 59 
  • Expansion of sales network: ten countries in Europe and Australia.
First steps in Switzerland

1963 - 1993

  • 1963
  • Opening of branch office in Kaegiswil/Obwalden, Switzerland with four employees; 30 employees in Solingen.
  • 1966
  • New production building in Kaegiswil, Switzerland, with 50 employees.
  • 1967
  • New Process Heat product line: Air heater with blower.
  • 1960 - 69
  • Expansion of sales network in six countries in Europe, as well as the U.S.A., Canada, South Africa, Israel and Japan.

Leister First Steps in Switzerland
First Leister Blower, 1961
Leister becomes a Swiss company

1970 - 1979

  • 1970
  • New production in Solingen, Germany with 45 employees.
  • 1971
  • First production expansion in Kaegiswil.
  • 1977
  • 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.
  • 1979
  • Own motor production founded.

Leister History - The Leister HOTWIND, 1971
Leister HOTWIND, 1971
Growth and expansion

1980 - 1989

  • 1980
  • A historic farm house is turned into offices in the production area in Kaegiswil.

  • 150 employees
  • 1984 - 89
  • Third and fourth production expansions in Kaegiswil.

  • 200 employees
  • 1980 - 89
  • Expansion of sales network in 17 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Emergence into new business activities

1992 - 1999

Christiane Leister
Christiane Leister
  • 1992
  • Last production expansion in Kaegiswil (Schwarzenbergstrasse 10)

  • 220 employees

  • Sales and service centers with sales partners in 41 countries.
  • 1993
  • Christiane Leister takes over control of the company and executive management as a successor.
  • 1997
  • New “Weldy” product line:  Hot-air blowers for DIY and private label customers.
  • 1998
  • 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.
  •  1999
  • Integrated clean room for Axetris in Kaegiswil production building.

  • Leister Technologies GmbH Germany.

  • 290 employees

Leister traveling to other continents

2000 - 2009

  • 2000
  • Leister Technologies LLC, Itasca, Ill., U.S.A.
  • 2004
  • 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.
  • 2007
  • Acquisition of "IR Microsystems SA" to expand Axetris product portfolio.
  • 2008
  • Acquisition of a representative industrial building in Kaegiswil on Galileo-Strasse. The "Cockpit" becomes the company’s new headquarters.
  • 2009
  • Leister Technologies KK, Japan.

From separate companies to consortium

2011 - 2018

  • 2011
  • 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.

  • 500 employees
  • 2012
  • Leister Technologies Pvt. Ltd., India
  • 2013
  • 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.
  • 2014
  • Acquisition of Seamtek, Inc., Sandpoint, Idaho, U.S.A., to expand the Leister product portfolio with welders for film welding.

  • 620 employees
  • 2016
  • Weldy becomes a trademark of Leister.

  • The Leister Group takes over long-time distribution partner, Klappenbach GmbH, Hagen, Germany.
  • 2017
  • Leister invests 35 million Swiss francs in production line expansion and new clean rooms for Axeris AG.

  • 800 employees
  •  2018

 

 

 

  • Start of construction of the extension to Leister Technologies AG in Sarnen
  • Expansion of the product range to include infrared systems through the acquisition of Krelus AG

  • 870 employees worldwide, 570 of them in Switzerland

Leister SEAMTEK 36
Leister SEAMTEK 36, 2014

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