Company Innovative solutions for industrial applicationsOerlikon is a leading global technology Group providing marketleading technologies and services. Oerlikon has more than 13'700 employees at over 170 locations in 35 countries and sales of CHF 2.6 billion in 2015. The Group is structured in three Segments: Surface Solutions, Manmade Fibers and Drive Systems, each operating under their own well-established brands and with their own market-specific strategies. It has a long-standing presence in Asia, particularly in the emerging markets of China and India, a strong foundation in Europe and serves the most important markets in the Americas.
Oerlikon's technology is everywhere
mers 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, and drives and shifting solutions for vehicles and machinery. 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 2015, Oerlikon continued to invest around 4 % of Group sales in R&D, corresponding to CHF 103 million. More than 1 350 engineers and scientists work for the Group worldwide. In 2015, Oerlikon filed 86 patents for new inventions to protect its intellectual property.