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Oerlikon opens its Additive Manufacturing Technology & Innovation Center in Munich, Germany
New Surface Solutions Segment launched
Oerlikon takes over the operational management of Saurer AG.
Oerlikon-Bührle Holding listed on the stock exchange
Schweizerische Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik Oerlikon (SWO) founded – the predecessor to Oerlikon-Bührle AG.
The Manmade Fibers Segment has signed a joint venture agreement with the Chinese company Huitong Chemical Engineering Technique Co., Ltd. The joint venture strengthens Oerlikon’s position in the growing business of designing, setting-up and servicing polycondensation plants.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders three new Board Members have been elected: Dr. Michael Suess, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Mary Gresens and Johan Van De Steen as Members of the board. Tim Summers, Carl Stadelhofer and Kurt Hausheer did not stand for re-election.
With the acquisition of Metco, Oerlikon sets out for growth path with the new Surface Solutions Segment: Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco
Successful market launch of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum's TURBOVAC i a new vacuum technology for the analytics market and for research and developmentTurbovac Microsite
Oerlikon completed sale of its natural fibers and components businesses and will focus on the manmade fiber business. The Textile Segment has been renamed the Manmade Fibers Segment.
The Chinese headquarters will consolidate the Company's eight offices currently in operation in Shanghai and bring all business segments under one roof.
After a gap of eight years, Oerlikon resumed the payment of a dividend (CHF 0.20 per share).
Oerlikon Drive Systems opens its new plant in Suzhou, while Oerlikon Coating launches its expanded coating and expertise center.
At the Geneva Motor Show, leading sports car manufacturers unveil new vehicles fitted with Oerlikon Graziano gears.
The new solution from Oerlikon Systems for the advanced packaging of semiconductors dramatically reduces costs while increasing output up to three times.
Oerlikon Solar unveils a new record module with 154 wattspeak stabilized output and 10.8 percent efficiency.
In 2011 Oerlikon takes its profitability to a new level. EBIT-margin now stands at a record 10 percent. A workforce of 17 000 at over 150 sites in 38 countries generates turnover worth CHF 4.2 billion.
The Sauber Formula 1 team and Oerlikon Group form a partnership. They set their sights on devising new environmentally friendly initiatives and expanding existing ones.
This takeover marks the expansion of Balzers into environmentally friendly, decorative/functional coatings for three-dimensional plastic components.
By means of a capital writedown, capital increase, and issue of new shares, Oerlikon injects around CHF 1 billion of new capital into its business and thereby places its finances on a firm footing.
Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum launches DRYVAC onto the market. The new-generation pumps are of modular design and offer greatly reduced operating costs, with lower energy consumption.
Furthermore, Oerlikon is divesting its Etch business of Oerlikon Systems to the management. With these steps, Oerlikon is strengthening its alignment with its core competencies.
Oerlikon Barmag unveils WINGS POY, a completely new process for the production of chemical fibers. WINGS POY is far more efficient and further improves yarn quality.
The portfolio will be streamlined to strengthen the core businesses. Consequently, Oerlikon has sold its Optics business unit in Balzers, Liechtenstein, to the management and other private local investors. Separate discussions are ongoing with respect to the other two Oerlikon Optics businesses in Golden, Colorado (USA) and Shanghai, China.
Dr. Urs Andreas Meyer, Kurt J. Hausheer, Hans Ziegler and Carl Stadelhofer were newly elected to the Board of Directors. Vladimir Kuznetsov and Dr. Hanno M. Bästlein remained in the Board of Directors. Vladimir Kuznetsov will preside over the Board of Directors as new Chairman. In addition, Renova Industries Ltd. raised its share of Oerlikon to nearly 40 percent and is the new main shareholder.
Oerlikon starts to develop the Russian market, opening its first office in Moscow and a coating center in Elektrostal.
Oerlikon makes a joint commitment with Pirmin Zurbriggen to sponsor young Swiss skiers.
The Renova Group takes over 45 percent of shares (as of end 2008) in Oerlikon, thus becoming the new principal investor.
Oerlikon sells its space business to the Swiss company RUAG AG.
Sales raises by 20 percent to CHF 5.6 billion, the EBIT increases to CHF 496 million. The aim of Oerlikon is the re-alignment of R&D with the emphasis on clean technologies and nanotechnology.
The Oerlikon group as the company continues to expand its commitment in clean technologies. The position of solar as an own segment further strengthens our presence in the emerging solar market and will enable us to extend our leadership in the marketplace.
During the 34th ordinary Shareholders` Meeting, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Dr. Hanno M. Bästlein were elected as Members to the Board of Directors.
Björn Bajan assumes the function of General Counsel. Dr. Uwe Krüger enhances the Executive Board as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Oerlikon is optimizing its corporate structure in the wake of the Sauer integration. The Oerlikon Group, including the former Saurer business areas, will henceforth comprise 5 segments.
P3e marks a breakthrough in coating technology by Oerlikon Balzers in association with the INNOVA plant. The innovation results in coatings of maximum hardness at low temperatures.
Oerlikon acquires Saurer AG with two business divisions: Textile Machinery and Gears. This means the Oerlikon Group now comprises a total of five segments.
The name is a clear declaration of belief in the company’s industrial tradition and is associated with typical Swiss values such as quality, reliability, precision, and the capacity for invention.
With this move the restructuring period is successfully completed.
Thus the foundations are laid for a new beginning with a name that is resonant of the company’s traditional values and strengths.
This major step marks the end of a promising R&D project and the successful transformation of the former display unit into the completely new business with thin film solar modules. Oerlikon is the only supplier of production equipment for thin film solar modules worldwide.
Renamed Oerlikon, the company stands by its business tradition and its typically Swiss values: quality, reliability, precision, and innovative flair.
Formation of its new Solar Business Unit takes the company into the futuristic market of solar energy. Oerlikon is the world’s only supplier of production plants for thin-film solar panels.
The Saurer Transmission Systems Division expands with the acquisition of Fairfield Manufacturing Co., Inc., a US market leader in manufacturing custom gears and special drive solutions for heavy-duty industrial and off-highway applications.
Space (Contraves Space) acquires the high-precision mechanisms business for space applications from the French company Snecma Moteurs, while Coating Services (Balzers) takes over two coating operations from its Italian customer Samputensili S.p.a.
Under the leadership of this reconstituted board of directors, headed by CEO Thomas Limberger, and a new management team, the steps necessary for a turnaround at Unaxis are immediately initiated.
Whereas Unaxis suffered a loss of CHF 372 million in 2004, the annual results for 2005 show a profit of CHF 18 million. All business units revert to profitability and growth. For the first time in the company’s history the holding company takes an operating approach and starts the integration and centralization of all segments (“one company”).
Neumag enters the nonwovens business and becomes the first provider of comprehensive solutions for all the main processes of manufacture of nonwoven fabrics.
Oerlikon opened a new location in Suzhou, China, which has developed to one of the biggest sites for the Group worldwide.
The Group’s portfolio now comprises five separate segments: Semiconductor Equipment with the divisions Wafer Processing (previously Semiconductors Front End), Assembly & Packaging (previously Semiconductors Back End) and Display Technology (previously Displays), Data Storage Solutions (previously Data Storage), Coating Services (previously Surface Technology), Vacuum Solutions (previously Leybold Vacuum) and Components and Special Systems with the divisions Optics and Space Technology (previously Contraves Space).
Delisting of ESEC shares.
Since 2004, the Cologne plant has produced the most modern vacuum solutions, in high volumes, in close liaison with research and development. Innovative products respond to custom requirements.
Fairfield Manufacturing Co., Inc. develops a high-efficiency, compact wheel drive with the following features: self-contained unit, fully integrated motor, brake, planetary gearing, and mounting arrangement.
Acquisition of Magnetto Group Gear Division. Growing up of Graziano Trasmissioni Group as the worldwide leader in gearing components.
Components coated with BALINIT® are used in the world’s first massproduced car to consume 3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers traveled (the VW Lupo 3L TDI). The BALINIT®-coated components reduce thermal load and friction drag.
Through its acquisition of the -successful businesses Barmag AG and Neumag GmbH & Co. KG, Oerlikon Saurer Textile gains a foothold in the profitable and rapidly growing chemical fibers business.
Building up the plant to produce synchronizers and gears for the agricultural sector.
Opening its first plant in China, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum is quick to recognize the vast potential of this expanding economic region in South-East Asia.
Core business is renamed Unaxis.
Graziano concludes a cooperation agreement with Ferrari to develop and deliver a new generation of complete gear systems. These are first used in the Ferrari 360 Modena.
Graziano becomes part of Saurer AG, the worldwide leader in textile machinery, as Saurer Transmission Systems Division.
Launch of the first European booster rocket, Ariane 4. The rocket features a payload fairing made of compound material from Oerlikon Space. Ever since, all Ariane rockets have been fitted with Oerlikon Space payload fairings.
Opening of the first coating center in Italy. Today, a worldwide network of 90 coating centers spans the globe, supplying know-how and services to all Oerlikon customers, wherever they are.
Green light for the development and marketing of PVD hard coatings for tools with BALINIT® A. This innovative coating tech- nology sustainably extends the lifetime of tools subject to mechanical stress.
Now with over 100 member companies, the Group is consolidated under the Oerlikon-Bührle Holding (OBH) umbrella and floats on the stock market with a capital stock of CHF 590 million.
The launch of the ESRO-1 research satellite, equipped with Oerlikon components, penetrates a market that remains lucrative to this day.
Early on, Oerlikon-Bührle invests in pioneering technology. Today it is one of the market leaders in this sector.
Fairfield Manufacturing Co., Inc. moves into a new modern facility on US 52, becoming North America’s leader in the production of custom gear products. The company experiences several expansions throughout this decade, including one inhouse heat treat facility.
Graziano is founded as a family firm and starts its activity as a small plant with 15 employees.
Saurer begins manufacturing cotton machines in 1946. The machines knit ladies’ stockings in all patterns customary in the industry, using nylon, Perlon, as well as artificial and natural silk. For the first time, the company is able to supply the market with comprehensive product lines and varied designs.
Gerätebauanstalt Balzers is founded as a business. The object of the new equipment manufacturer is to develop viable industrial applications for the until then under-researched thin-film technology.
To spread his commercial risk, proprietor Emil Georg Bührle gradually expands the company by acquiring businesses in other sectors. In doing so, he lays the foundations of the highly diversified Oerlikon-Bührle Group.
Fairfield Manufacturing Corporation, Inc. is founded as an offshoot of Ross Gear and Tool Company by David Ross to manufacture differential gears for the early automotive industry.
In September, the machine tool factory Schweizerische Werkzeugmaschinenfabrik Oerlikon (SWO) is founded in Oerlikon, a district of Zurich. The workforce numbers 150.
Delivery of the first embroidery machine in Arbon marks the start of a long-running success story for the Swiss textile production site.
In 1853 Franz Saurer establishes a small foundry in a suburb of St. Gallen, Switzerland. This paves the way for more than a century and a half of history of the Saurer Industrial Group.