During his trip to Southeast Asia, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the German Centre Singapore, an innovation centre for start-ups and supporters, on 15 June 2022. Accompanied by a business delegation, he was shown in particular the "Life Science Incubator" (LSI) area. The company Plasmatreat is also represented there with its atmospheric plasma technologies and systems for surface pretreatment. Steinmeier was not only surprised to meet a company from his home region of East Westphalia-Lippe, but was also amazed at the process used by the Steinhagen-based plasma specialists. At the demonstration unit of the mobile robot cell, the Federal President looked spellbound at the glowing plasma at the end of the plasma nozzle: "Wow - a flame without the supply of a conventional gas". He then had it explained to him that only air and electrical energy would be needed for this gas - completely without CO2 and without dependence on imports. Probably against the background of the current discussion about gas imports from Russia, this "gas alternative" visibly impressed Steinmeier. The Singapore location, Plasmatreat's headquarters for Southeast Asia, is an important hub for the company: "The Asian market is growing and now accounts for a third of our turnover," explains founder, owner and managing director Christian Buske: "In Asia, the share of the manufacturing sector is extremely high. Our equipment and product solutions are called upon particularly often there. The mobile phone and car battery sectors are booming. We support this with innovation and sustainability. And who knows: maybe we will also develop new ways of generating heat with plasma - I was very inspired by the surprising and curious enquiries of Federal President Steinmeier," explains the graduate engineer.
Plasma technology is based on a simple physical principle: the addition of energy causes states of aggregation to change. If further energy is added to a gas, it is ionised and changes into the high-energy plasma state as the fourth state of aggregation. When plasma with its high energy level comes into contact with materials, the surface properties change from hydrophobic to hydrophilic, for example. Plasma pre-treatment is the key technology for ultra-fine cleaning, surface activation and plasma coating of almost all materials. Plasmatreat GmbH specialises in this and offers a wide range of plasma systems and plant components for atmospheric plasma processes (open-air plasma).