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Oerlikon is a highly innovative industrial group specializing in machine and plant engineering. The Group is active in five businesses: textile machines for manufacturing manmade fibers, drive and transmission systems and components, vacuum systems, thin-film coatings and nanotechnology. In 2012, around 12 700 employees at about 160 sites in 34 countries generated sales of CHF 2.9 billion.
The Oerlikon Group provides leading technology solutions that enable customers to generate competitive advantage. Both industrial and commercial customers use Oerlikon production technologies and components in the successful manufacture or application of high-tech products; whether in cars, computers, machine tools, technical clothing, oil platforms, tires or a host of other products, Oerlikon’s applications are omnipresent because they offer measurable added value. For example, almost 70 % of all agricultural vehicles in use today are equipped with Oerlikon synchronizers and power-shift clutch technology which considerably lower fuel consumption and increase durability. More than 70 % of the world’s carpet yarn is made on Oerlikon machines.
Research and development (R&D) is at the heart of the company. Oerlikon invests around CHF 100 million every year in R&D and has more than 1 000 highly qualified developers and engineers around the world working on tomorrow’s innovations. We are continuously reinventing ourselves and using our technological expertise to develop completely new applications and access new markets: this is fundamental to Oerlikon’s success and positions the company for growth markets such as food, clothing, transportation systems, infrastructure, energy and electronics.