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enabling customer success The key to success at Oerlikon is above all, the ability to transform the results of cutting-edge research into solutions customized to our customers’ needs. At the same time, technology used to protect the environment or to reduce energy consumption becomes a crucial competitive factor. As one of the world’s leading technology companies, we have a particular responsibility in this area. It is no coincidence that clean technologies are one of Oerlikon’s main innovation areas. These technologies not only help us meet the ecological challenges of our time, but they also help our customers achieve long-term success in the global market.

Vladimir Kuznetsov Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr. Uwe Krüger Chief Executive Officer


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Oerlikon Textile

Oerlikon Coating

Oerlikon Solar

Oerlikon Vacuum

Oerlikon Drive Systems

Oerlikon Advanced Technologies

Oerlikon is one of the world’s most innovative industrial firms. Our products are represented in numerous sectors across the globe; from the textile and coating industries, to solar energy and vacuum technology, to drive systems and the space industry – with nearly 18,000 employees at 180 locations in 37 countries, we are developing solutions and synergies for key industrial applications and future markets.


one group one goal In all its business sectors, the Oerlikon name stands for global innovation in key technological markets. As distinct as the company’s activities are, the challenge is always the same: to be a sustainable partner for customers and to use our unique expertise, ideas and products to open new market opportunities.

The Oerlikon organization is clearly structured into the following business segments based on key technologies: Oerlikon Textile, Oerlikon Coating, Oerlikon Solar, Oerlikon Vacuum, Oerlikon Drive Systems and Oerlikon Advanced Technologies. Our research centers are devoted to product development, market cultivation and customer relations in their respective core areas. The company Segment CEOs are responsible for overall global strategy and controlling of the company, as well as for establishing guidelines and standards. This transparent structure allows for efficient business processes, and creates the foundation for rapport and trust among employees, customers, partners and investors. To make the development and marketing of revolutionary technological innovations possible, Oerlikon will be engaging in completely new forms of cooperation. Collaboration with leading scientific organizations will be given even greater emphasis, and close

partnerships – in some cases even joint ventures – will be forged with seed and start-up companies. Founding the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was a decisive step toward establishing a worldwide knowledge network. Only in this way can Oerlikon guarantee to continue delivering groundbreaking innovations into the future. Knowledge is created by the exchange of information. For this reason, continual knowledge transfer within business segments and their specialized units has been, and continues to be, an essential aspect of Oerlikon’s sustainable success and growth. Streamlined structures network interdisciplinary teams and lead to projectspecific knowledge pools that greatly accelerate development and innovation processes. It is this kind of vigorous exchange of experiences and information that has kept a large corporation like Oerlikon so flexible and innovative over its 100-year history.


Today, textiles are an essential part of our everyday lives. New fibers and new processing technologies aren’t just taking the world’s catwalks by storm – their increasingly widespread use in the high-tech industry is opening up new markets and value-added potentials.

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Oerlikon Trendsetting Technology The business units of Oerlikon Textile are the market leaders in virtually every technology area. With their innovations, they are continuously setting new standards for the global textile production. They provide comprehensive overall solutions in the sector of textile machinery and plant manufacture: From the plant design for the production of manmade and nonwoven fibres up to facilities for ring spinning, rotor spinning, winding, twisting or embroidery, they cover the entire value added chain in the textile sector.

Oerlikon Neumag Oerlikon Neumag delivers comprehensive solutions for all important nonwoven production processes. The company’s portfolio not only includes turnkey solutions for the manufacturing of spunmelt, carded and airlaid, but also new innovative nonwoven production technologies – all from a single supplier. As the market and technology leader for BCF carpet yarn and synthetic staple fiber production plants, this business unit is currently – worldwide – the company introducing such revolutionary technologies onto the market. Oerlikon Barmag Oerlikon Barmag is the global leader in the construction of spinning facilities for such synthetic fibers as nylon, polyester and polypropylene as well as texturing machines. Core competencies in this area include plant design, facility design and construction, and the production of related components like winding heads, pumps and godets. Located at the business unit’s headquarters in Remscheid, Germany, the Oerlikon Barmag R&D center is the largest of its kind in the world. Here, over 100 engineers and technicians develop technologically leading products for the future.

Oerlikon Schlafhorst Oerlikon Schlafhorst provides innovative and economical solutions for ring spinning, rotor spinning and winding systems. With its Autocoro, Autoconer and Zinser brand names, this business unit sets new quality benchmarks. As the world’s leading textile machine manufacturer, it offers superior expertise in the production of high-grade yarns and yarn packages from staple fibers. Regardless of the process used, Oerlikon Schlafhorst supplies spinning facilities with a complete line of products, right down to finished yarn packages. A worldwide service plan for the entire life-span of a product rounds off our customer offerings.

Oerlikon Saurer Oerlikon Saurer is the worldwide market leader for twisting and embroidery production systems. Here, extensive experience accumulated over many generations is combined with modern knowledge to help shape the future of textile production. In this unit, age-old textile traditions meet state-of-theart technology in a symbiosis of expertise, quality and safety. In the embroidery area, the Saurer and Melco product lines are the clear leaders in shuttle embroidery and multihead machines. In the twisting area, the Allma and Volkmann series are at the top of the market segment for clothing staple, carpet yarn, tire cord, industrial and glass yarn. Oerlikon Textile Components As the world´s leading manufacturer of premium-quality components, Oerlikon Textile Components offers a product portfolio aligned to all spinning applications and the nonwoven industry. The well-established Accotex, Daytex, Enka Tecnica, Fibrevision, Heberlein, Temco and Texparts product lines are known worldwide for their unbeatable quality and reliability. www.oerlikon.com/textile


State-of-the-art coating technologies from Oerlikon Balzers create product service lifes, safety characteristics and load peaks that a few years ago were unthinkable. Well-conceived and efficient technology, such as the kind used in the world of Formula 1 racing, also requires special production methods.

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Oerlikon Balzers’ Cutting-Edge Technology Tools and precision components – for over 30 years, Oerlikon Balzers stands for coating solutions that meet even the most stringent product and process quality expectations.

Oerlikon Balzers Oerlikon Balzers is the world’s leading supplier of plasma-enhanced coatings for tools and precision components. These robust coatings are only a few thousandths of a millimeter thick, but are harder than steel. They don’t just protect tools and components from wear, but maximize their performance and service life. For our customers, this means maximum productivity at lower production costs. As a comprehensive provider, we serve the world market with coating services, coating equipment and in-house solutions. Over 20,000 customers use our applications, primarily in the automotive, aircraft and machine production industries, as well as in metal and plastics processing and in tool manufacturing. In a dynamically expanding network of almost 90 coating centers all around the globe, we are everywhere our customers need us to be. Thus we are able to efficiently integrate products and services into their value-added chains, optimize their work processes and reduce their logistics expenses. With automated and standardized processes, we guarantee the same superior quality worldwide. With the RS 90 coating equipment, Oerlikon Balzers has begun tapping the world market in the mass coating of high performance components. The RS 90’s fully automated processes and high coating volumes allow for utmost productivity, the lowest possible per unit costs and consistently high quality. With the P3eTM technology developed by Oerlikon Balzers, corundumlike, aluminumoxide-based coatings can now be applied at temperatures

under 600°C. Also groundbreaking is the combination of traditional nitride coatings with an almost endless range of hard metal oxides. Installed on the latest coating equipment INNOVA, P3eTM offers a completely new range of possibilities in design and performance of cutting tools. Global leaders in tool manufacturing opted for the innovative coating system and agree: the P3eTM technology sets new technological standards. With the lately integrated Pulsed Plasma Diffusion (PPDTM) technology Oerlikon Balzers is further pushing the envelope in technology. PPDTM will replace traditional hard chrome plating for medium and large forming tools. By-products such as hexavalent chromium, which is harmful to health and the environment, will be eliminated. BALINIT®, Oerlikon Balzers’ leading product line, includes solutions for special applications as well. Low-temperature coatings that can be applied at just 200°C create a whole new range of applications for temperature-sensitive materials. Thus leading to an increase in productivity when used in plastics processing, in the automotive and medical equipment industries. Coatings with higher hot hardness and improved oxidation resistance are setting new standards in the prestigious field of hard machining. In the tool and mold construction industries, the cutting of hardend steels yield greater productivity benefits. www.oerlikon.com/balzers


Renewable energy is more and more gaining momentum. Today, we are already experiencing the dramatic effects of climate change. We must act now. With highly innovative new concepts, Oerlikon Solar is leading the way.

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Oerlikon Clean Technology At a time when raw materials like oil are becoming scarcer and climate change is reaching a critical point, the development of renewable energy sources represents a huge future market. In the field of photovoltaic energy, Oerlikon Solar offers innovative solutions for the economical mass production of very large, thin-film silicon solar modules.

Oerlikon Solar Oerlikon Solar is the world’s leading provider of cost-efficient, highperformance manufacturing solutions for thin-film solar modules. With low-cost, readily available materials, proven facilities technology and state-of-the-art processes, production costs can be reduced by 30% in comparison to conventional, crystalline solar cell technology, while maintaining the same level of efficiency. Continual development of mass production methods will lead to even greater savings. The real breakthrough for alternative solar energy is closer than ever. It’s only the beginning of Oerlikon Solar’s success story. While conventional solar cells are made from crystalline silicon that is both difficult to obtain and expensive, with Oerlikon Solar’s process an extremely thin film of amorphous silicon is produced. The basic raw material used is silane gas. Using this technology, about 200 times less silicon is needed. The low material costs, highly efficient mass production and high performance of the 1.4 square meter (approx. 15 sq. ft.) solar modules are critical for the drastic reduction of production costs per watt. Thanks to their size and uniform appearance, Oerlikon’s solar modules are ideal for roofs and building facades – which in turn also increase their attractiveness. The potential of this new production solution is immense, though this is no reason for Oerlikon’s scientists to rest on their laurels. The next generation of thin-film silicon solar modules is already being en successfully tested. Initial production lines will be ramped up in 2008 and continually expanded: the micromorph tandem cells, with a double coating of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon, will increase the effectiveness of solar modules by as much as 50 percent. www.oerlikon.com/solar


Today, advances in modern technology rely often on progresses in research and development. Without the use of vacuum technology, these researches and the subsequent transfer into demanding manufacturing processes would not be feasible. Oerlikon Vacuum is making High Tech possible.

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Oerlikon Vacuum Technology In the development of groundbreaking innovations and in the production of everyday consumer items, Oerlikon’s vacuum technologies play an essential role. The company’s main areas of expertise are in the development of applications and customer-specific systems for the creation of vacuums and gas production processes.

Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum Vacuum technology is utilized in many areas of our everyday lives, for example in air conditioners, automobile applications and lighting. Clean technologies such as energy saving lamps and solar cells would not be possible without vacuum technology. Even high-tech processes such as the coating of microchips, CDs and Blu-rays as well as the manufacturing of optical glass and analysis devices would be unthinkable without Oerlikon‘s vacuum technology. By the mid-19th century, Leybold created the foundations for modern vacuum technology. With more than 150 years of experience in the field of vacuum technology, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum has comprehensive knowledge of processes and applications which it utilizes to its customers’ advantage. In its specific business areas which are process industry, solar, coating technology, analytics, research and development, and semiconductor Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum is one of the world‘s leading suppliers. Whether it’s in space technology or fundamental research, nanotechnology or high-energy physics – vacuum technology is absolutely essential for innovation. Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum is a pioneer and leader in these areas and the brand stands for innovative drive in the industry. Exclusive technical expertise is furthermore combined with the industry’s largest sales and service network.

Leybold Vacuum offers a comprehensive line of products for the production of fore, high and ultra-high vacuums, including everything from smaller devices like measuring devices, leak detectors and pumps to fully integrated vacuum systems. Utmost precision, performance and durability combined with low operating costs make both our standard solutions and customized products superior. This combination played a key roll in the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – at the CERN Research Center in Geneva, Switzerland. In order to study the forces contained within elements, particles are hurled at each other, colliding up to 800 million times a second in an enormous ring accelerator that would stretch up to 27 kilometers if uncoiled. It was only through the ultra-high vacuum technology of Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum that these kinds of extremes were made possible. For this expertise, Leybold Vacuum received the CMS Gold Award of the Year 2008 for the successful design and installation of a vacuum system to support CERN’s Compact Muon Spectrometer.

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Anyone who sets high standards can expect high performance. In today’s mobile world, there is hardly a product more closely linked with engineering, personal image and emotions than our cars. Oerlikon Drive Systems is the exclusive supplier of premium brands in this sector.

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Oerlikon High-Performance Technology Oerlikon Drive Systems is the leading worldwide provider of complete drive systems, gear parts and single components for transmissions. Through our global footprint, we are able to provide our customers localized solutions for design, manufacturing and product support like never before. With new clean technologies Oerlikon Drive Systems is now entering the market for zero emission vehicles and wind power.

Oerlikon Graziano Oerlikon Fairfield Superior manufacturing, engineering and innovative expertise have made us the market leader for high-tech transmission systems. It’s no coincidence that our transmission and drive systems are behind the power and speed of high-performance cars such as Aston Martin, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. These also include drive and differential components for all-wheel-drive vehicles. Oerlikon Drive Systems is furthermore the preferred partner in co-design tests and in the manufacture of drive systems for specialized applications of the off-highway and city bus market. Our range includes complete product lines and specific applications for heavy-duty tractors and construction machines, materials handling, utility and golf carts, and zero-emission vehicles. Aggressive new product development programs will open up new business opportunities, specifically through new developments in hybrid and electric drives, as well as gear products for the wind power. The range of applications goes even further: Torque HubŽ Planetary Drive Solutions is, for example, a well-known worldwide brand in planetary drive engineering. The spectrum of use for these highperformance gear components ranges from off-highway machines to marine applications, and from energy-generating windmills to hybriddriven machinery. As the market leader in the construction, development and manufacture of synchronization systems and hydraulic clutches for construction and agricultural vehicles, our technologies are used in 70% of all agricultural tractors produced worldwide. We are also the leading service provider for customized products in agriculture, in the energy market and in industrial applications. www.oerlikon.com/graziano www.oerlikon.com/fairfield


Whether shooting into outer space or focusing on the world of nanotechnology, Oerlikon is at the cutting edge of both. The newest technologies, materials and manufacturing, and profound know-how can put a new vehicle on Mars, or align atoms to create the next high performance microchip.

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Oerlikon tradition of innovation in technology Both Oerlikon Space and Oerlikon Systems are business units that have sterling traditions in dynamic high tech markets. The extreme conditions found in space travel have honed technology and development at Oerlikon Space to make it unique in the world. The increasingly complex challenges facing the semiconductor industry and the audacious frontier of nanotechnology are a daily fact - and motivator - for the thin film experts and engineers at Oerlikon Systems.

Oerlikon Space Space travel is an industry with enormous innovation potential. Technologies created for space travel can often be used in a number of other areas as well. Oerlikon Space is, for example, the world leader in payload fairings built with composite technology. Extremely light, extremely durable structures made of carbon fiber composite materials can now also be found in airplanes, and have piqued interest in the automobile industry as well. With our ideas, developments and products, we are opening up new technical possibilities every day. We’re at home in outer space! For about 40 years, Oerlikon Space has also been developing and building satellite structures. The majority of satellites of the European Space Agency (ESA) are equipped with shells made by Oerlikon Space, custom produced from metal, composite or with hybrid technology. The requirements that these structures must meet, in order to reliably function in outer space, are formidable. They don’t just have to stand up to the massive mechanical strain at liftoff, but must also resist the temperature fluctuations of over 100°C that a satellite is subjected to on its orbit. One specialty of Oerlikon’s is engineering extremely precise drive mechanisms for the expansion and positioning of solar generators, antennae and instruments. In the positioning mechanisms for solar generators (Solar Array Drive Mechanisms or SADM), Oerlikon Space has assumed a leading role. The range of products includes SADMs for all kinds of satellites – from micro satellites to the largest platforms for telecommunications and earth observation. The experiences that Oerlikon Space has gained in the construction of precision mechanisms for space travel are also useful for applications here on earth – for example in the production of microchips. Here, too, utmost precision is required, for example when conductor paths are exposed with EUV lithography onto carrier substrates. Data transfer using laser beams is another technology with an enormous future potential. Since the mid-1990s, the engineers at Oerlikon Space have been researching and developing solutions for laser-enhanced communication in space. Now Oerlikon Space can offer its customers established solutions for broadband communication with laser terminals. www.oerlikon.com/space

Oerlikon Systems The next evolutionary step in the amazing march of nanotechnology (“advanced nanotech”) at Oerlikon Systems focuses on refining the properties of surfaces and materials with nanotech structures or particles, and taking mass production to the next level with nanospecific production solutions. Smartphones with intuitive interfaces and capabilities that mimic a computer, an entertainment center, and yes, a phone, symbolize the rapid evolution and astounding possibilities of our markets. We are a key provider of production systems for microchips, super capacitors, solar cells, MEMS, touch panels, concentrator solar cells, and thermo electric generators. Oerlikon Systems has expanded beyond the wafer to embrace solutions that also combine nanotechnology with breakthrough energy management concepts and ‘clean technologies.’ Our know-how and superior thin film processes adapted to clean technologies promise to significantly enhance energy conversion and efficiency management. Electrical systems using nano-materials deliver more power, more quickly, and with less heat. For example, electronic batteries based on thin films – known as supercapacitors – offer clear advantages with their short charging time and long life spans. Such “smart batteries” offer novel functionality not usually seen in a battery, in addition to a shelf life measured in years, also new power management options and more environmentally friendly disposal. While these types of electron batteries are still in development, Oerlikon Systems offers a breakthrough production solution now, for a startling range of additional nanotechnology applications. The new SOLARIS production platform provides a versatile and cost-effective response to all of these applications. For example, the new SOLARIS helps the solar industry implement cleaner, more cost-efficient, and more reliable production processes for the manufacture of crystalline silicium solar cells. Making a key contribution for higher solar cell efficiency rates. Welcome to nanotechnology by Oerlikon. www.oerlikon.com/systems


The environmental challenges facing mankind at the beginning of the 21st century also offer enormous business opportunities. Oerlikon The key to success at Oerlikon is above all, the ability to transform results is moving quickly to take advantage of thesethe opportunities – in solar of cutting-edge research solutions customized our customers’ needs. energy,into wind energy, and withtohybrid and electro-drive components. At the same time, technology used tothat protect the aenvironment becomes a Oerlikon products make positive environmental contribution crucial competitive factor. As one of the technology companies, already account for world’s 18% inleading revenue and constitute a prominent part of we have a particular this area. It is no coincidence that clean the responsibility company’s inportfolio. technologies are one of Oerlikon’s main innovation areas. These technologies Oerlikon is adding further ‘clean technologies’ with coatings used not only help us meet the ecological challenges of our time, but they also help in motors to improve efficiency (and gas mileage) and performance, our customers achieve long-term success the global systems. market. and with energy savingin“e-save” Oerlikon envisions

an increasingly important role for clean, environmentally friendly technology; current R&D projects look to move energy storage to a completely new dimension with novel thin film batteries – and help realize the dream of using the sun to create energy that can be readily stored and delivered when needed.

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enabling global technology Oerlikon maintains intensive and long-term relationships with its customers. Collaborations extend far beyond the development and manufacturing of products. They include production ramp-up, maintenance as well as regular on-site service, support and training. For these purposes, Oerlikon has created a global infrastructure that includes a network of 180 locations in 37 countries.

The world is our market As a global player, Oerlikon lends its world-wide customers critical competitive advantages with leading high-tech products and services. Essential for this is customer proximity as well as our own research centers and manufacturing facilities. Global expertise Oerlikon is a global player with a clear commitment to traditional Swiss values: innovation, quality, precision, reliability. We are leading the way in the world’s high-tech markets – our enormous innovative power comes from high performance and synergies created through our global network of research centers. Nearly 18,000 employees have a single, common vision: securing technological superiority into the future and setting new standards in high-tech industries all over the globe. In ten European research centers, Oerlikon is bringing together unique knowledge along the entire value-added chain in all the business areas in which we’re active. Technology centers in the U.S., with

specialized expertise in thin-film coatings, are driving innovation forward in semiconductor and precision technology. In Asia, the world’s central information technology market, we maintain a leading position in product certification, sales and customer support. Global presence With over 180 locations in 37 countries on four continents, we are everywhere our customers need us to be. For example, we operate over 80 coating centers world-wide, providing customized solutions and in-house services. We are continually developing our presence in the three most important strategic regions – Europe, the U.S. and Asia – based on our customers’ locations. Partnerships with customers are forged along the entire value-added chain: from close collaboration in product development, to manufacturing and quality control, to an expansive service and support network.

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