The industrial solutions market served by Oerlikon encompasses tools, equipment, aftersales and precision components – and amounted to a market valued at approximately CHF 1.9 billion in 2016. While the sector has recently been affected by a flattening of industrial production in Europe and the US, long-term prospects are solid. The overall industrial solutions market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4 % from 2016 to 2021. Key drivers of demand include the continuing industrial growth of countries such as China and India, as well as the requirements of customers for solutions that enhance the performance, durability and cost effectiveness of tools and precision components.
The Surface Solutions Segment generated 23 % and 33 % of its total sales in the general industries and in the tooling market, respectively. The general industries market is served under the Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco competence brands. Oerlikon Metco’s solutions are applied in industries such as metals processing, heavy machinery, medicine and electronics.
Under the Oerlikon Balzers’ brand, a wide range of coatings for industrial solutions are offered by its BALINIT and BALIQ families. Each solution provides the type of hardness, strength, thickness/ thinness, wear and friction protection, etc., tailored for the exacting specific industrial applications. In 2016, the Segment served over 30 000 customers in automotive and industrial solutions, and won new customers in China and the USA.
In the tooling industry, the Segment’s coating solutions help increase the productivity of tools, resulting in longer lifetimes and reduced maintenance. Despite the weakness of the tooling market, the Segment managed to outperform peers in 2016 and increase its market share in tooling services. To meet increasing demand for reconditioning of tools, it extended the service capacity at its regrinding centers in Argentina, China and India. The Segment also continued to invest in developing new and improved coating equipment such as INNOVENTA MEGA® – coating system for large production capacities, INGENIA S3p® – coating system for precise, small batch sizes and proprietary coatings with S3p (scalable pulsed power plasma) and BALINIT HARD CARBON – coating for machining of non-ferrous metals.