Oerlikon Balzers, a thin film coating division of the Swiss company Oerlikon, has opened its 11th Coating Center in Changchun, administrative center of the province of Jilin (north-eastern China). Today, Chinese market takes the third place among the most prospective markets for Oerlikon Balzers, after USA and Germany.
With this in mind, in 2012 the company opened one of the two international centers for promoting the most advanced of its technologies – PVD. Physical vapor deposition (PVD) is spraying a thin coating in vacuum by means of direct condensation of the applied material vapor. The PVD process is used for applying functional (resistant to wear, corrosion, erosion, friction, etc.) coatings on the surfaces of components, tools and equipment. The following materials are used for coating: titanium, aluminum, wolfram, molybdenum, iron, nickel, copper, graphite, chrome and their alloys, as well as acetylene (for coatings containing carbon) and nitrogen. PVD allows application of coatings with thicknesses up to 5µm. Typically, the surface does not require any additional treatment after PVD. PVD technology is environmentally friendly.
Application of Oerlikon Balzers thin film coatings on components of engines and transmissions considerably improves the efficiency of the components and units. According to the top management of the division, it is crucial for the growing Chinese automotive market. At present, its volume exceeds the market volume in Europe and USA. In 2012, approximately one fifth of the international automotive market (more than 18 mln vehicles) fell to the share of China. In Russia, Oerlikon set up a facility for application of the PVD coating on cutting tools and stamps.
Oerlikon – is one of the world leaders in production of vacuum systems, equipment for synthetic fiber products, units and components for drives and transmissions, and thin film coatings. It has 150 facilities and service centers in 38 countries.