Oerlikon Balzers enters aerospace market

Oerlikon Balzers enters aerospace market

Pfäffikon SZ / Balzers, Liechtenstein, July 3, 2013 - Oerlikon Balzers, the
global market and technology leader in high-end hard coatings, has opened a
new aerospace competence center near Paris. With this new facility, Oerlikon
Balzers will augment aerospace customers' efforts to increase reliability and
efficiency of crucial aircraft parts. "The opening of our aerospace competence
center is another important step forward in our component business strategy to
enlarge the spectrum of markets and applications for PVD coatings", says Dr.
Hans Brändle, CEO of Oerlikon's Coating Segment.

High-end hard coatings with near diamond-like strength already play a crucial
role in applications such as car engines, cutting and forming tools, surgical
instruments and watches. Modern diesel injection pumps, for example, could not
function without coatings from Oerlikon Balzers. These coatings allow Oerlikon
Balzers' customers to increase the productivity of industrial processes,
substitute toxic treatments such as chrome plating and design new, higher
efficiency products.

Having brought coatings into the mainstream for both the metalworking and
automotive industries, Oerlikon Balzers is expanding into Aerospace. "More and
more aircraft industry applications are opening up to modern PVD coatings -
turbine blades, stabilizer assemblies and landing gear to name just a few. For
us, this is an important medium- and long-term growth market with a global
market potential for thin film coating solution of several tenths of
millions," Oerlikon Balzers CEO Hans Brändle observed. "The main growth driver
for advanced coating technologies is the need for light-weight flight critical
components to meet the demands of safety, reliability and long service life.
Needless to say, our first aerospace competence centre in France is
Nadcap-certified and thus meets all of the aircraft industry's rigorous
quality requirements."

Prominent aerospace industry representatives expressed their enthusiasm for
the new plant and affirmed their conviction that Oerlikon Balzers is fit for
the future. Francis Monerie-Moulin, Thermal Spray Expert at
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, outlined his vision for the great potential of PVD
coating applications in landing gear, brake systems, engines, and other
aircraft components: "Innovative PVD coatings will significantly boost the
reliability of safety-critical aircraft parts and the energy efficiency of
engines," he stated.

For further information please contact:

Burkhard Böndel                       Alessandra Doëll
OC Oerlikon Management AG             Oerlikon Balzers AG
Head of Group Communications & IR     Head of Communications Oerlikon Balzers
T +41 58 360 96 02                    T +423 388 7636
F +41 58 360 98 02                    F +423 388 5478
pr@oerlikon.com                       alessandra.doell@oerlikon.com

About Oerlikon

Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) is one of the world's leading high-tech industrial groups
specializing in machine and plant engineering. The Company is a provider of
innovative industrial solutions and cutting-edge technologies for textile
machines, drives, vacuum and solar energy systems, thin-film coating and
advanced nanotechnology. A Swiss company with a tradition going back more than
100 years, Oerlikon is a global player with around 12,700 employees at more
than 160 locations in 34 countries and sales of CHF 2.9 billion in 2012. In
2012, the company invested CHF 106 million in R&D, with over 1,000 specialists
working on future products and services. In most areas, the company ranks
either first or second in the respective global markets.

About Oerlikon Balzers

Oerlikon Balzers is one of the world's leading suppliers of surface
technologies that 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 currently 91 coating centers in Europe, the
Americas and Asia. Moreover, under the technology brand ePDTM, the company
develops integrated services and solutions for the metallization of plastic
parts with chrome effects. Oerlikon Balzers is a Business Unit of the
Switzerland-based Oerlikon Group (SIX: OERL).

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