After research, development and testing activities, borrowing technologies and know how from CORTECH, a company belonging to our group and active in the snowmaking field, the very first fan cannon for dust suppression in the world was shown at Samoter trade fair (Italy) and afterwards at Mine Expo in Las Vegas (USA).
A whole range of fan cannons for dust suppression is sold all over the world through an Italian commercial company, external to our group. Meanwhile our machines are copied (more or less successfully) by tens of new born companies and proposed on the international markets.
The Leotech brand is officially active on the market: a company created within our group with the aim to develop products purposely designed for dust suppression, instead of being simple adaptions from snowmaking technologies. For the first time the new brand and the selling activities are directly proposed on the market. During the autumn of the same year the new ROTOFOG range of products, dedicated to fixed and automated installations, was patented and showcased.
The first version of the MOTOFOG hits the market: an autonomous and movable dust suppression unit based on nebulised jet technology and patented worldwide. It was showcased at the Bauma trade fair in Munich (Germany) with a 40B (petrol) version. It suddenly sparks the interest of industry professionals.
The RFA (ROTOFOG Autonomous) range of products is presented: these are autonomous ROTOFOG units, designed for fixed installations which do not require the implementation of a complete dust suppression system. The MOTOFOG range is extended, following to a huge request by the customers, with the new Diesel (D) and Electric (E) versions, suitable for indoor use. The 20 model is introduced.
The MOTOFOG 10 is presented: the smallest unit among the MOTOFOG range, fully manually operated.
The machines are constantly evolved, reaching higher and higher performances and reliability levels. MOTOFOG, despite its apparently unchanged since 2010 winning design, gets constantly improved, increasing its efficiency, with new diesel engines, along with a better usability and an easier maintenance. During this period a new sales network is devolped, allowing us to be successful on several international markets.
MF 60D, the most powerful MOTOFOG ever, is showcased at the DDR exhibition in Brussels (Belgium). In the same occasion Leotech becomes an official member of EDA (European Demolition Association).
MF 60D is delivered to several customers, getting a huge international success and becoming the new reference for the market.