The search for the oldest, still producing Leistritz extruder has come to an end: CHROMOS MB d.o.o. from Samobor won the worldwide competition organized by Leistritz Extrusionstechnik GmbH. The company is one of the leading masterbatch manufacturers in Croatia. "We have a ZSE 70 Leistritz extruder which was put into operation in 1973," explains Ante Pecotic, supply chain manager at CHROMOS. "Since then it has been in almost daily operation and still produces reliably and in very good quality." With its machinery, which includes three Leistritz extruders, CHROMOS produces over 1,500 t/year.
"Last year we had our 80th anniversary," says Anton Fürst, managing director at Leistritz Extrusionstechnik GmbH. "And this was precisely the reason for launching a rather special campaign: We went in search for the oldest Leistritz extruder still in operation." By the end of March 2018 a whole collection of emails had been received from many countries (including Singapore and Australia) with photos and identification plates of what were very old machines sometimes. The Croatian masterbatcher won. The company received an extraordinary extruder lamp, as well as anniversary t-shirts and a delicious basket of specialty foods from Franconia for the whole staff.