Winterthur, Switzerland — Oerlikon Metco enhances their 'close to customer' strategy with thermal spray carbides manufactured in China.
To serve the growing local demand, Oerlikon Metco is now able to offer high quality, thermal spray carbide powders that are produced in and distributed solely to customers within mainland China.
The new products target industrial customers that require consistent and reliable materials for their applications. While the products are identical to those Oerlikon Metco produces in Barchfeld, Germany and offers on a worldwide basis, manufacture of these materials in China allows the company to serve the Chinese market more efficiently.
"The demand for such products is evident and allows us to meet the needs of our Chinese customers in every respect," states Stefan Zimmerman, Oerlikon Metco Product Line Manager for Carbide Materials. "While our current portfolio of these products is currently limited to a selection of our most popular materials, we anticipate future expansion of this portfolio and the robust sales growth in the Chinese market that would come with it."
The company is well known for their WOKA™ product brand carbide materials that are used extensively in the oil gas, paper manufacture, mining and heavy equipment markets. Previously, these materials were only produced by Oerlikon Metco's Barchfeld facility, which already serves major markets in the Americas, Europe and other Asian countries very efficiently and effectively. Expansion of production capabilities in China allows Chinese customers better access to these materials through simplified logistics.
Scanning electron micrograph of an Oerlikon Metco tungsten carbide / cobalt thermal spray powder for the Chinese market.
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About Oerlikon Metco
Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials, services, specialized machining services and components. The surface technologies such as Thermal Spray and Laser Cladding improve the performance and increase efficiency and reliability. Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as aviation, power generation, automotive, oil & gas, industrial and other specialized markets and operates a dynamically growing network of more than 40 sites in EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific. Oerlikon Metco, together with Oerlikon Balzers, belongs to the Surface Solutions Segment of the Switzerland-based Oerlikon Group (SIX: OERL).
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About the Surface Solutions Segment
The Oerlikon Surface Solutions Segment includes the two brands Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco. 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. Extremely thin and exceptionally hard coatings reduce fric-tion and wear. Under the technology brand ePD, the company develops integrated services and solu-tions for the metallization of plastic parts with chrome effects. Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces with coating solutions and equipment. Customers benefit from a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, coating solutions, equipment, materials, services, and specialized machining services and components. The innovative solutions improve performance and increase efficiency and reliability. Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as power generation, aviation, automotive, and other specialized markets. The Surface Solutions Segment operates a dynamically growing network of currently more than 145 facilities with over 140 coating centers in 35 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia, employing more than 6 000 people. The Surface Solutions Segment is part of the Switzerland-based Oerlikon Group (SIX: OERL).