Oerlikon Balzers opens its 8th coating center in India

Media Release

Oerlikon Balzers opens its 8th coating center in India

Balzers, Liechtenstein, February 14, 2013 - Oerlikon Balzers consistently
executes its global expansion strategy. The opening of the 8th coating center
in India, in Chandigarh (Punjab area) marks the next milestone in establishing
a strong presence in regions with high growth business opportunities. "Despite
current economic uncertainties we further invest proactively in our global
footprint", explains Dr. Hans Brändle, CEO of Oerlikon Balzers, "we believe in
the growing demand in mobility in India and therefore increased our presence
in one of the automotive parts and tractor industry hubs of the country."
Balzers coating technology makes production processes, e.g. in the automotive
industry, significantly more efficient and environmentally friendly. This is
of growing importance worldwide, and especially in the emerging markets.
Oerlikon Balzers now has 90 coating centers worldwide.

The latest coating center is located in Chandigarh, one of the economic
centers in the Punjab area, 260 km northwest of Delhi. Numerous local and
international tractor and automotive component makers are based there. With
the new coating center Oerlikon Balzers will serve the existing customers with
faster turnaround times and attract new ones with its unique coating

Over the past 20 years Oerlikon Balzers expanded its global network of coating
centers and capacities continuously. Whereas in 2000 the company operated 41
centers in 17 countries, the number has now reached 90 in 33 countries. The
emerging markets in the Indian/Asian region played a crucial role in the
expansion: 31 out of 90 coatings centers are already located in the
Indian/Asian area today.

For further information please contact:

Burkhard Böndel  Urs Frei
Head of Group    Head of
Communications   Communications
& IR             Coating
T +41 58 360     T +423 388 7636
F +41 58 360     F +423 388 5478
pr@oerlikon.com  urs.frei@oerlikon.com

About Oerlikon

Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) is a leading high-tech industrial group specializing in
machine and plant engineering. The Company is a provider of innovative
industrial solutions and cutting-edge technologies for textile manufacturing,
drive, vacuum, coating, and advanced nanotechnology. A Swiss company with a
tradition going back over 100 years, Oerlikon is a global player with nearly
17 000 employees at over 150 locations in 38 countries and reported sales of
CHF 4.2 billion in 2011. The Company invested in 2011 CHF 213 million
(reported) in R&D, with over 1 200 specialists working on future products and
services. In most areas, the operative businesses rank either first or second
in their respective global markets.

About Oerlikon Balzers

Oerlikon Balzers is one of the world's leading suppliers of surface
technologies, which significantly improve the performance and durability of
precision components as well as tools for the metal and plastics processing
industries. These coatings, marketed under the BALINIT® brand name, are
extremely thin and exceptionally hard. They significantly reduce friction and
wear. Oerlikon Balzers also develops processes, manufactures and sells systems
and production facilities, and offers contract coating services through a
dynamically growing network of by now 90 coating centers in Europe, the
Americas and Asia. Moreover, under the technology brand ePDTM, the company
develops integrated services and solutions for the chrome look metallization
of plastic parts. Oerlikon Balzers is a Business Unit of the Swiss Oerlikon
Group (SIX: OERL).

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