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

Uwe Rein, Managing Director,
Weisskopf Werkzeuge GmbH,
Member of Mapal Group

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

Jürgen Alex, Managing Director Sales
and Spokesman of
the Management Board,
Deutsche Edelstahlwerke Speciality
Steel GmbH & Co. KG

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

Andreas Berkau, Managing Director
Citim GmbH,
Member of Oerlikon

The following additional videos will be available soon:

Machining lectures

Process optimisation in deep-hole boting with BALIQ® coatings
Dr.-Ing. Thomas Bruchhaus | Head of Technology & Tool Development, TBT Tiefbohrtechnik GmbH

Inconel: the way to success with the right coating
Christopher Praetzas, M. Sc. | Machining technologist, PTW TU Darmstadt

Innovative coating solutions for economical use in machining with solid carbide tools
Detlev Bross | Segment Manager Cutting Tools, Oerlikon Balzers Germany

AlCrN - a coating system (not) only for gear cutting
Dr.-Ing. Philipp Immich | Head of R&D Cutting Materials and Coatings, LMT Fette Werkzeugtechnik

Use of PVD hard coatings for broaching
Lars Elbracht | Designer August Berghaus GmbH & Co. KG

High-performance coating in gearing: BALINIT® ALTENSA
Alexander Schindler | Segment Manager, Oerlikon Balzers Germany

Plastics Processing lectures

Targeted coatings in high-cavity molds for PET
Christian Tilsner, M. Eng. Head of Research & Development, MHT Mold & Hotrunner Technology AG

Requirements for structured and high-gloss surfaces in conjunction with varying coating systems
Ralf Stecker | Key Account Manager, Oerlikon Balzers Germany

Practical investigation of the adhesion of plastics on structured mould surfaces
Frank Mumme | Managing Director, KIMW Forschungs GmbH

Lubricant-free operation in the packaging industry/medical technology with DLC coatings
Ronald Baumhöfer | Key Account Manager, Oerlikon Balzers Germany

Metal Forming lectures

Successful use of BALINIT® FORMERA for forming processes at the limit of technical feasibility
Markus Salathé | Key Account Manager, Oerlikon Balzers Germany

Cemented carbide tools in metal forming - application-oriented design and optimisation
Dr.-Ing. Michael Dröschel, R&D Manager and Bernardo Bezzola, M. Sc. Ceratizit Luxembourg S.à.r.l.

Alternative coating for (hot) forming tools
Thermal spraying and its use in press hardening

Dr. Thomas Breit | Key Account Manager, Oerlikon Balzers Germany

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