Company Innovative solutions for industrial applications


Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group providing market-leading surface solutions, manmade fibers and drive technologies and services for industrial applications in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, apparels & industrial textiles equipment, agriculture, industrial solutions, additive manufacturing, construction and energy. The Group is currently structured in three Segments: Surface Solutions, Manmade Fibers and Drive Systems. Each Segment offers technologies and solutions under well-established industry competence brands and adopts strategies specific to their respective market needs and requirements. Globally, Oerlikon operates more than 180 own sites in 37 countries. Publicly listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange, the Group has a solid innovation base and long-standing customer relations in Europe and a strong technology lead and market presence in Asia, particularly in the emerging markets of China and India. In the US, the Group has a well-established foothold, serving core end markets from key locations through innovation and production hubs as well as service centers.

Oerlikon's technology is everywhere

Oerlikon's customers operate primarily in the sectors automotive, aviation, energy, tooling, apparels & industrial textiles equipment and agriculture. For example, the Group’s customers include 22 of the 25 largest polyester manufacturers. Oerlikon also supplies globally operating manufacturers of agricultural vehicles and construction machinery and almost all major car manufacturers and their suppliers.

Unique products and solutions

A key strength of the Group rests on developing leading-edge technology to maintain its competitive advantage and leadership position. Today, Oerlikon has value-enhancing proprietary technologies for surface solutions and advanced materials, the manufacturing of manmade fibers and polycondensation systems. Many of the key megatrend challenges can be solved through engineering innovations. Increasing the efficiency of mobility, improving the performance and functionality of goods and systems, efficient use of energy, and contributing to environmental sustainability will continue to feature in the innovative technologies of Oerlikon. Oerlikon also seeks to enhance its processes and services through innovation to create further value for customers. The imperative for continuous improvement drives the creation of new innovative products, such as the Surface Solution Segment’s metal powders and coatings, which satisfy the growing demand for lighter materials, longer product lifespans, strengthened surface properties, increased performance and multi-functionalities.

In 2017, the Group continued to invest 4 % of its annual total sales in R&D, corresponding to CHF 107 million, and filed 91 patents worldwide. The innovation pipeline is fed by a distinctive research and scientific approach that targets customer needs and market potential. Through collaborations with academia and industry experts, Oerlikon’s R&D aims contribute to the development of advanced science and technology projects.

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