Company Innovative solutions for industrial applications

Company Oerlikon is an industrial group specializing in machine and plant engineering. In 2013 the company had a total of over 15 000 employees working at over 150 sites in 35 countries and generated sales of CHF 2.9 billion. The Group comprises five Segments: Manmade Fibers, Drive Systems, Vacuum, Surface Solutions and Advanced Technologies. The Segments’ business areas span plants, provide various after sales services, develop and implement processes for synthetic fiber manufacturing, transmission systems and drive solutions, vacuum systems, surface solutions and production solutions for semiconductors and nanotechnology applications.
Oerlikon’s technology is everywhere

Oerlikon’s customers operate primarily in the markets for food, functional wear, transportation, infrastructure, energy and electronics. For example, the Group’s customers include 22 of the 25 largest polyester manufacturers. Oerlikon also supplies globally operating manufacturers of agricultural vehicles and construction machinery, leading microchip producers and almost all major car manufacturers and their suppliers.

End products produced or processed with Oerlikon plants or processes can be found at every turn in people’s everyday lives: functional sportswear keeps people warm, rugs make homes cozier, nonwoven materials insulate structures, hybrid vehicles and city buses improve mobility, vacuum packaging keeps food fresh, smartphones guarantee availability and LED lights save energy.

Unique products and solutions

The key factors that set the company apart are innovative industrial solutions with maximum customer benefit: synthetic fiber manufacturers, for example, can increase their productivity by 20 % with the latest WINGS POY 1800 yarn winder. With the CLUSTERLINE® 3 00 I I, m ore t han t wice a s m any power semiconductors can be produced at the same time, and BALIQ™ coatings extend the service life of microtools by a factor of 30.

The foundation for all of Oerlikon’s activities is research and development (R&D), with 2013 Group investments of CHF 122 million (an increase of 15 % compared to 2012). This is one reason why every Segment is a market and technology leader. More than 1 000 highly qualified engineers focus on the development of unique products and solutions to help customers become more competitive in their markets: at the core of these activities are greater productivity and efficiency, lower energy consumption and less use of space as well as environmentally friendly and sustainable industrial processes.