Oerlikon Metco Strengthens Logistics in China with New Manufacturing Capabilities

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.

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).

For further information,  please see: www.oerlikon.com/metco

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 friction and wear.  Under the technology  brand  ePD,  the company develops integrated services and solutions 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 than145 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).

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For further information please contact:

Andreas Bachmann

Head  of Marketing  Communications

Oerlikon Metco

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