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2020 at a Glance

  • Resilient Group performance in a highly challenging market environment driven by COVID-19.
  • Effective cost-out actions swiftly and successfully executed; protected profitability and increased Oerlikon’s resilience.
  • Manmade Fibers delivered strong top line and profitability. Full order books for filament processing and nonwovens equipment for next 2 years and filling into 2023.
  • Surface Solutions impacted by weak markets. Cost programs protected profitability in second half of 2020. Market recovery noted in automotive and tooling in second half of 2020.

2.2 bn

13.5% below prior year

2.3 bn

12.9% below prior year


0.9% points below prior year

38 million

(2019: CHF -66 million)


(2019: CHF -0.21)


Same level as prior years

Leading Technology & Engineering Group

Oerlikon is a global innovation powerhouse for surface engineering, polymer processing and additive manufacturing. Our solutions and comprehensive services, together with our advanced materials, improve and maximize the performance, function, design and sustainability of our customers’ products and manufacturing processes in key industries.

Pioneering technology for decades, we cherish to create and design the future with our customers close to where they are, enabling them to achieve more with less. Emissions reduction in transportation, maximized longevity and performance of tools, increased energy efficiency, and intelligent materials and sustainable  polymer processing are proven hallmarks of our global leadership.

Everything we invent and do is guided by our passion to support our customers’ goals and foster a sustainable world.

Headquartered in Pfaeffikon, Switzerland, the Group operates its business in two Divisions – Surface Solutions and Manmade Fibers. It has a global footprint of more than 10 600 employees at 179 locations in 37 countries and generated sales of CHF 2.3 billion in 2020.

Leading Technology & Engineering Group

Oerlikon's Group Sales

Oerlikon's Group Sales
  • #1 in High Potential Markets
    Surface Solutions offers value-adding services with high barriers to entry. Manmade Fibers is the #1 supplier of polymer processing equipment and integrated polymer plants for the chemical fiber industry.
  • Strong Focus on Sustainability
    Reducing environmental impact is at the heart of Oerlikon’s strategy, technology portfolio and operations. Oerlikon’s 1st Sustainability Report presents its credentials and underlines its committment to ESG.
  • ~55% Group Sales in Surface Solutions
    Technology and market leader with a unique portfolio and structural growth opportunities. Operational improvement programs enhancing profitability and capital efficiency.
  • ~45% Group Sales in Manmade Fibers
    Technology and market leader with resilient business model; proven ability to navigate cycles with a high cash conversion ratio.
  • Strong Balance Sheet
    Positive net cash position with healthy cash generation; retained capability for transformational M&A.
  • Disciplined Capital Allocation
    CHF ~900 m returned to shareholders since 2016. Delivering value-enhancing M&A with 16 acquisitions made since 2016. Focus on accretive small to midsized M&A with retained capability for transformational deals.