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Our History and Milestones

Passion for surface solutions: from our beginnings in 1946 until today

1946 - 2021: From an idea to a global technology leader.

For 75 years, Oerlikon Balzers has stood for pioneering developments and global technology leadership in thin-film coatings. We live our passion for surface solutions with a unique combination of sustainability, innovative drive, entrepreneurial spirit and tradition. This benefits our customers – and our environment – yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Explore 75 years of Oerlikon Balzers

Balzers' first PVD hard coating for tools, BALINIT® A, was officially "born" on September 1st 1978. Since then, Oerlikon Balzers has been an unprecedented success story, ranging from pioneering the world of coatings to being a market leader.


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Oerlikon Balzers wins Technology Innovation Award for surface treatment in the automotive industry

Oerlikon Balzers is awarded the Technology Innovation Award by AutoRevista, the leading Spanish trade magazine for the automotive industry. This award recognises the growth achieved in Spain by Oerlikon Balzers, which has offered a diverse and sustainable coating portfolio in this industrial sector for decades.

Oerlikon Balzers launches BALINIT MOLDENA, a highly abrasion and corrosion resistant coating for injection moulding and extrusion of filled polymers

Its superior abrasive and corrosion resistance makes it perfect for applications with glass fibre reinforced plastics (GFRPs) and fully recycled materials while ensuring a longer mould service life and delivering high-quality products.

High process reliability in tapping with the new BALIQ ANTOS coating from Oerlikon Balzers

BALIQ ANTOS increases considerably production output thanks to its homogenous running-in behaviour. Customers benefit from high process reliability and longer tool service life.

New BALINIT MAYURA coating from Oerlikon Balzers enables maximum precision and productivity for machining and forming non-ferrous materials

BALINIT MAYURA is a new carbon-based coating for machining and forming non-ferrous materials. Manufacturers and end users benefit from longer tool service life and higher productivity in the manufacturing process.

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