An Oct. 12 press release stated that Concord and Leister have joined forces to bring a combination of manufacturing and innovation to the plastic welding industry. The release, written as “an open letter to the geosynthetics industry,” was signed by Concord’s managing director, Steve Hobbs, and by Leister’s v.p. of sales and marketing, Beat Mettler.
The release said that, as of Sept. 1, 2010, Concord is now a division of Leister Technologies and will cease production of its Concord 905 wedge welder. There are a limited number of new 905 welders still available from inventory. These will be offered at reduced pricing and, once these are sold, there will be no further production of Concord 905 welders.
Concord will also continue to offer full parts and service support for all of the existing Concord welders on an ongoing basis, according to the press release. In addition, Concord said it will continue to offer a full line of geomembrane testing equipment, including the G-53 Tensile Coupon Cutter, C-3 Air Test Manometers and needles, spark testers, vac boxes, and related test equipment.
Leister is known for its welding systems for the civil engineering industry worldwide. In the press release, Hobbs said Concord will bring its expertise to Leister, focusing on wedge welders, extruders, hand tools, and test equipment.
The open letter concluded: “We look forward to continuing [those] roles going forward, as we transition to focus on the new products, resources, and technical expertise at Leister Process Technologies.”