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Oerlikon’s investment proposition

Oerlikon provides customers with a competitive edge through advanced materials, surface technology and materials processing.

A unique proposition with two attractive investment pillars

We have a proven track record of innovation, quality and reliability, as well as long-standing customer relationships in demanding industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, tooling and textiles. Across these industries, customers use our technologies to improve performance, reliability and operational efficiency, as well as to enable new designs, features or functionalities of their industrial components and parts.

1. Enable organic growth at attractive margins in Surface Solutions

A leader with unique competencies
  • Hold leading market positions in advanced materials, surface solutions and materials processing
  • Presence across entire surface solutions value chain
  • Dedicated business models to match customer needs
Attractive end markets
  • > Diversified industry exposure – ~2–3 % premium to global GDP
  • Aerospace, automotive, energy, general industry 
Build on trusted customer relations
  • > 30 000 customers
  • Global OEMs and tier 1 clients  in all end markets
  • Top ten customers: ~17 % of 2017 sales
Technological leadership & innovation
  • > 40 R&D sites
  • > 50 global partnerships
  • Widest-ranging portfolio of surface technologies, advanced materials, coating equipment and services
Proven and diversified business model with global network
  • > 60 % service revenue 156 sites in 37 countries
  • Client-facing model offering services, solutions (materials, equipment), engineering


4–6 % revenue CAGR with sustainable EBITDA margin profile of 20% to 22%* for surface  solutions business

* excl. investments in Additive Manufacturing

Additional growth opportunities: recovery in  Manmade Fibers Segment and successful  repositioning of Drive Systems Segment

 2. Oerlikon’s strategic portfolio transformation

Oerlikon will continue transforming its portfolio, with the clear focus on making Oerlikon a global advanced materials and surface solutions  powerhouse. The Group will achieve this by further investing in and developing the surface solutions business through the three growth drivers: growth markets, structural growth and M&A. In order to make Oerlikon a structural growth company, the Group will be establishing a stronger alignment with customer and market needs, expanding technology leadership, product applications, market penetration and reach, improving operational excellence and developing new businesses such as AM.

Oerlikon will continue to manage the market cycle of its manmade fibers business. On the one hand, managing the ramp-up in capacities yet maintaining flexibility and cost discipline in handling the significant increase in orders. On the other hand, continuing to develop its non-filament equipment businesses (e.g. staple fibers and nonwovens).

Furthermore, Oerlikon will continue to strengthen its drive systems business to benefit further from its repositioning measures and positive end markets’ development.