Market Segments

With our innovative products and applications we are represented in a broad range of industries and in all regions around the world:


Every major aero engine manufacturer trusts Oerlikon technologies to boost performance, improve safety and fuel efficiency and control emissions.

The commercial aerospace market is driven by passenger traffic growth that has exceeded 6 % year-on-year for the past five years. Improved global economic conditions, income growth and strong MRO demand are supporting that trend. Boeing recently forecast that revenue passenger kilometers will grow 4.7 % per year over the next 20 years, requiring 41 000 new airplane deliveries to support market growth and aging aircraft replacement.

Industry challenges

  • Improve engine performance and efficiency to reduce fuel consumption and meet CO2 emission standards
  • Enable hot engine components to operate at higher temperatures to improve efficiency and extend lifespan
  • Meet demanding landing gear requirements for new-generation aircraft, while replacing noxious hard chromium process
  • Reduce weight and production cost of complex engine parts, structural components and replacement parts


  • Oerlikon’s abradable coatings are used in engines to seal the gas path, improving performance, increasing safety and decreasing fuel consumption. Thereby, reducing CO2 generation and NO2 emissions
  • Thermal barrier coatings used in combustor and turbine sections of engines protect underlying materials from temperatures that these substrates could otherwise not tolerate
  • The noxious hard chromium process for plating landing gears can be replaced by Oerlikon’s high-velocity oxygen fuel thermal spray coatings, while delivering superior performance and safety
  • Additive manufacturing has been identified as the technology ideally suited to achieve weight reduction and to increase design complexity of aerospace parts for improved functionality
  • Decorative coatings and color coatings for cockpit components are offered by Oerlikon


More than half of the world’s top ten car manufacturers use Oerlikon technologies to increase component lifetime and reduce fuel consumption.

Industry analysts forecast that global light vehicle sales could total 93.5 million units in 2017, representing a 1.5 % increase over 2016. Yet, even with continued growth, there is little room for complacency in the automotive industry, as it contends with profound disruptive forces including rigorous emission standards, the move to lighter, more efficient vehicles, the need for diverse powertrain solutions including for battery and fuel cell electric vehicles, and the demand for connectivity and digitalization – all adding to the cost of manufacturing cars for OEMs and suppliers.

Industry challenges

  • Reduce fuel consumption, emissions and vehicle weight, for example, using smaller, lighter engines
  • Smaller engines improve fuel efficiency but their fewer cylinders are under higher pressure and cause stress on smaller parts, while exhaust gas recycling, start-stop systems and turbo chargers create engine corrosion issues
  • Modern, higher torque transmission systems offer increased performance but have more gears, presenting synchronization and friction challenges
  • An emerging issue is the environmental impact from the high level of fine dust caused by brake discs
  • The look of chrome appeals to customers but chromium plating is noxious and environmentally damaging
  • Increasing demand for e-mobility and battery solutions


  • Oerlikon coatings improve the performance and durability of engine components by reducing friction and wear, thereby improving fuel and oil efficiency and lowering emissions
  • For smoother-shifting transmissions, Oerlikon offers synchronizer and friction reduction technologies that increase performance, lower weight, improve wear resistance and lower costs
  • Using Oerlikon coating technologies can strongly reduce air pollution while increasing the durability of brake discs
  • Oerlikon’s ePD technology provides environmentally friendly, eye-pleasing and chrome-look plastic metallization
  • Oerlikon offers coating solutions for new parts and components (e.g. molds) required for e-mobility

General industries and tooling

The world’s leading and most respected tool manufacturers apply Oerlikon technologies to improve tool productivity and lifetime.

Size estimates for the global machine tool market in 2020 are as high as USD 120 billion, suggesting a CAGR of more than 6 %. While that view appears to be high, the recent pickup in industrial production across a number of industries in 2017 lends support to that optimism. The category of general industries encompasses a broad range, including consumer goods, medical, food packaging and engineering. Overall CAGR for general industries from 2018 to 2020 is estimated at 3.4 %.

Industry challenges

  • In tooling, stable tool life is a critical aspect of a stable production process to ensure quality, performance, productivity and the overall factory output
  • In manufacturing, there is an overall need to minimize friction, reduce wear and enhance reliability across a range of products, equipment and machinery
  • In the medical (including dental) market, biocompatibility are essential for positive outcomes


  • Standardized and customized coatings from Oerlikon can help increase the hardness and strength of the underlying material, and at the same time provide wear, friction and corrosion protection. Coatings are thus highly effective for preserving and extending the useful life of tools and components, and for improving the performance, reliability and throughput of machine tools, even those that need to withstand high temperatures and pressures
  • Coatings can overcome the challenge of mechanically engineered components that operate under extreme conditions such as high loads, rapid sliding speeds or poor lubrication
  • Oerlikon coatings on surgical tools and parts increase survival and success rates by enabling critical functions such as antiglare and improved biocompatibility and durability of in-body parts and implants


The world’s largest energy turbine producers improve the efficiency of their products while reducing negative environmental impact with Oerlikon technologies.

In their World Energy Outlook 2017, the International Energy Agency forecasts that global energy needs will expand 30 % by 2040, or on average 3.4 % annually, based on existing energy policies and announced plans, given the assumptions that the world population grows to 9+ billion by 2040, and that urbanization adds a Shanghai-sized city every four months. They also project that natural gas will lead in meeting these needs, with natural gas use rising 45 %, while oil demand grows at a decreasing pace, and coal consumption stays flat.

Industry challenges

  • Increase turbine efficiency and reduce maintenance intervals in gas turbines, hydropower and oil & gas plants
  • Protect vital oil & gas exploration components operating in the harshest environments including maintenance-free solutions and also extending the life and efficiency of gas and steam turbine components
  • Reduce corrosion and erosion in turbine components caused by silt, sand and gravel in hydropower projects
  • Prevent wind turbine standstills caused by wear, corrosion and fatigue resulting from extreme weather conditions and offshore challenges such as salt buildup
  • Prepare for the future by improving the efficiency of technologies for nonrenewables like oil & gas and promoting renewable energy technologies


  • Oerlikon’s customized solutions of coatings, materials and equipment are tailored for gas, steam, hydro and wind turbines, as well as for oil & gas applications. They help preserve equipment, increase energy efficiency and extend the useful lifespan of components, parts and tools
  • In collaboration with researchers and universities around the world, Oerlikon is working to create advanced solutions for the new future of energy and to develop products with superior functionalities

Apparel & industrial textiles

22 of world’s 25 largest manmade fibers producers trust Oerlikon technologies.

In its World Survey, The Fiber Year reported that the world fiber market reached 101.4 million tons in 2016, with manmade fibers at 71 million tons. This is an impressive growth from 14 million in 1980 and reflects a 4.6 % annual growth rate. Apparel, home textiles and technical textiles are end markets for manmade fibers and served by Oerlikon. Within the overall market, nonwovens and staple fibers are expected to see the best growth rates through 2022 – with CAGRs of 17 % for nonwovens and 5 % for staple fibers.

Industry challenges

  • Fulfill the growing need for apparel and home textiles that comes with population growth
  • Meet the increasing demand for functional and industrial textiles as well as geotextiles in a broad range of industries, such as electronics, food packaging, functional wear, infrastructure and transportation. The use of manmade fibers is on the rise as they are gaining recognition as a more environmentally friendly fiber alternative that can also provide better features such as elasticity and heat retention, as well as new functionalities such as water resistance
  • Improve quality and increase efficiency in production while reducing labor costs and maintenance downtimes
  • Reduce space and use of energy in production


  • As a world market leader for systems used in the manufacture of manmade fibers, Oerlikon is the only company with the know-how to offer a complete manmade fiber spinning system from a single source – from melt to yarn, fibers and nonwovens
  • Oerlikon’s optimally designed equipment supports the balance between cost reduction, production efficiency and consistent quality while enabling the reduction of energy consumption and a smaller equipment footprint
  • Oerlikon’s engineers offer decades of experience with technologies used in filament and fiber production worldwide


Approximately 70 % of all agricultural machinery manufactured worldwide contains Oerlikon’s Shifting Solutions.

In their 2017 Agricultural Outlook, the UN and OECD projected that the world population will reach 8.2 billion by 2026. At the same time, they expect agricultural markets to face flat or declining commodity prices and remain weak, while future growth in crop production will be attained mostly by increasing yields. To achieve this, the agriculture industry is pressured to be more efficient and productive, leading Grand View Research to project that the agriculture equipment market will reach USD 243 billion in 2025, suggesting a robust CAGR of 7 %.

Industry challenges

  • At a time of reduced labor availability and higher labor costs, farmers must improve crop production and yields to compete effectively and ensure a return for their business
  • Farm equipment manufacturers must continue to innovate to remain competitive (reduce operating and maintenance costs of agriculture equipment)


  • Oerlikon’s coatings are relied on to coat differential housings and bevel sets to improve the mechanical features of components used in agricultural machinery
  • The latest technologically advanced farm equipment is more productive, energy efficient and cost-effective; Oerlikon’s in-house engineering and manufacturing expertise in developing innovative drive technologies for the propulsion or rotation of mobile vehicles and industrial equipment have led to safe and efficient drive solutions, such as Shifting Solutions™ and hydrostatic drives for self-propelled spray tractors
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