Grand Opening Bielefeld Customer Centre 2018 Opening of Europe´s largest coating centre for tools.

Grand Opening Bielefeld Customer Centre 2018

On 18 April 2018, coating specialist Oerlikon Balzers opened its new plant in Bielefeld with a two-day event attended by guests – both customers and experts – from the areas of politics and the economy. The coating centre has a floor space of 6,000 square metres with cutting edge surface technologies for machining, forming and plastics processing.

The new coating centre in Bielefeld is the largest in Europe for the coating of tools. The inauguration was celebrated with customers, political and media representatives as well as leading experts with engaging lectures. This significant investment in the Bielefeld customer centre confirms the importance of the German market and the company’s growth strategy.

Opening speeches

Marc Desrayaud
Head of Balzers Industrial Solutions

Hendrik Alfter,
Managing Director Oerlikon Balzers

Pit Clausen
Lord Mayor of the City of Bielefeld


The way to e-mobility and light-
weight design – a change in
machining solutions

Shaping the future: requirements
for tool steel manufacturer and
possible solutions

Additive Manufacturing in mold
and tool manufacturing -
possibilities, limits and

Machining lectures

Process optimisation in deep-hole
boting with BALIQ® coatings

Inconel: the way to success with
the right coating

Innovative coating solutions for
economical use in machining with
solid carbide tools

Use of PVD hard coatings for

High-performance coating in

Plastics Processing lectures

Targeted coatings in high-cavity
molds for PET

Requirements for structured and
high-gloss surfaces in conjunction
with varying coating systems

Practical investigation of the
adhesion of plastics on structured
mould surfaces

Lubricant-free operation in the
packaging industry/medical
technology with DLC coatings

Metal Forming lectures

Successful use of BALINIT®
FORMERA for forming processes at
the limit of technical feasibility

Cemented carbide tools in metal
forming - application-oriented
design and optimisation


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