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Balzers, Liechtenstein, 1 April 2016 – The Surface Solutions Segment of the Oerlikon Group strengthens its footprint in South Korea. By taking over the Metco Business from its long-time distribution partner, Oerlikon Metco will, in future, cover the Korean market directly. Oerlikon Balzers has, moreover, opened up an additional Customer Centre in the country.

The new location in Gwangju is Oerlikon Balzers’ 5th Customer Centre in South Korea, and its 108th worldwide. “Korea is a genuine Oerlikon Balzers success story. This new centre will enable us to provide an even better, short-term delivery service for our customers in the forming tool / home appliance industry and for our automotive industry customers in the prosperous Gwangju area,” says Marc Desrayaud, Head of Business Unit Tooling Solutions at Oerlikon Surface Solutions.

Effective 1st April, Oerlikon Metco furthermore, takes over all Metco assets from IWS, its long-time local distribution partner, and officially opens the new Oerlikon Metco Korea branch office in Seoul. “Our two companies have enjoyed a highly successful partnership since 1985 when IWS became Oerlikon Metco's representative in South Korea. Oerlikon Metco has, in the meantime, become, the leading thermal spray brand in South Korea. The new Oerlikon Metco Korea office is the next step in this process, and will provide even better and more direct service for our regional customers”, stressed Markus Heusser, Head of Business Unit Materials & Technology at Oerlikon Surface Solutions.

“With our own Oerlikon Metco sales office and sales force, and the 5th Oerlikon Balzers customer centre in South Korea, the Surface Solutions Segment emphasizes its presence in this important market. These developments will further improve our customer relationships and growth in the various South Korean industries,” says Roland Herb, CEO Surface Solutions Segment of the Oerlikon Group.

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