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June 17, 2019

Dukane Acquires Blackhawk Technology Group

St. Charles, IL (June 11, 2019) – Dukane, a worldwide leader in plastic welding, completes acquisition of Oregon Laser Welding Equipment Company Blackhawk Technology Group.

Dukane announced today, the acquisition of Blackhawk Technology Group, a systems, services, and contract manufacturer for laser plastic welding.  The addition of the Oregon based Blackhawk strengthens Dukane’s knowledge of complex laser welding, broadens Dukane’s plastic welding solutions for a wide range of applications, and adds additional capacity for laser plastic welding projects.

Blackhawk, a systems, services, and contract manufacturer for laser plastic welding has a focus on end-to-end service, from basic material tests to full process development and contract manufacturing. Blackhawk has expertise in electronics, automotive, and medical, with solutions for Insulin delivery devices, smart inhalers, and hearing aids.  Blackhawks unique approach to finding the right solution has been the anchor of their success, they achieve this with the fastest turnaround in the industry by utilizing a state of the art lab, on-site machine shop, 3D printing, and a team that has hundreds of successful applications.  With this approach, they are able to develop a complete welding process in days instead of months.

Mike Johnston, Dukane President & CEO, says “Dukane’s unique ability to weld clear to clear (2-micron) components without the need for additives has grown the demand for our laser technology. In addition, because of our global support and advanced LaserlinQ™ technology, customers are requesting Laser technology for 1-micron opaque to colored weld applications. This increasing demand makes acquiring Blackhawk a perfect fit for Dukane.  I’m very excited about the Blackhawk team joining Dukane, their impressive enthusiasm and years of experience in the 2-micron Laser applications allows us to broaden our product offering to meet whatever laser welding application you might have.”

Dax Hamilton, Founder and Managing Director, will join Dukane as Director and Global Product Manager – Laser Plastic Welding.  Current Director of Sales, Josh Brown, will join Dukane as Global Sales Manager – Laser Plastic Welding.  Dukane will continue to invest in Laser Plastic Welding and further strengthen their solutions portfolio and support the growth and capabilities of the team.

Dax Hamilton states, “Joining the Dukane Team benefits Blackhawk by being able to tap into a much larger sales network and instantly scale our business.  In addition, Dukane has a strong global service and support team helping us, not only in North America, but in Asia and Europe as well.  We are confident that with this additional support it will fuel significant growth.”

“We are excited about the future, this acquisition will give flexibility to the Blackhawk team to focus on doing what we do best…being the experts at laser plastic welding,” says Dax.

“As part of the Dukane team, our goal is to become the #1 laser plastic welding company in the world over the next few years,” shares Dax.

Dukane will utilize Blackhawk’s facility to offer their other technologies including their servo controlled ultrasonic welding system with patented Melt-Match® technology.  The addition of the facility in Aumsville, OR will give Dukane an advanced testing facility in the Western United States.

About Dukane

In the complex environment of plastic welding, Dukane is the technology leader focused on a customer-centered approach. With the largest plastic welding portfolio in the world, Dukane develops solutions that meet the unique requirements of each customer’s application. For customers who know their exact needs, we listen, understand, and deliver a quality product that meets their exact specifications. For customers looking to start from a beginning concept, we foster a consulting relationship, pulling upon our five decades of experience to develop cutting-edge answers to the most challenging welding needs.  Dukane operates in several markets, including, automotive, medical, electronics, packaging, nonwoven, food, automation, and cutting.  Dukane is headquartered near Chicago, Illinois with manufacturing facilities and offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  For more information about Dukane, visit Dukane.com.