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Oerlikon acquires Swiss CVD equipment manufacturer Sucotec AG

14 March 2018

Balzers, Liechtenstein, 13 March 2018 – Oerlikon has acquired Sucotec AG, a Swiss manufacturer specializing in CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition) equipment for the tools market. The acquisition enhances the range of products and services provided by Liechtenstein-based coating specialist Oerlikon Balzers, which focuses on PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) and PACVD (Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapour Deposition).

Oerlikon Balzers has long pursued a strategy of investing in growth and expanding the wide range of systems, coating solutions and services it offers with the aim of providing efficient and customized solutions for its customers. This acquisition represents another firm step in that direction. Indeed, it was only recently that the company acquired DIARC, a Finnish company which provides state-of-the-art functional coatings for surface adaptation, enhanced performance and surface protection. Each new acquisition increases the company footprint and contributes to its global presence – with 108 coating centres and development/engineering sites worldwide, Oerlikon Balzers is close to its customers no matter where they are.

The owner-managed Sucotec AG was founded in 2007 in Liestal, Switzerland. In a very short space of time the company has established an outstanding reputation for itself, the result of its pioneering CVD equipment technology and strong customer focus.

The acquisition sees Sucotec become part of Oerlikon Balzers. Day-to-day operations at the existing site, as well as business and collaboration with Sucotec customers and partners, will continue as before under the management of previous CEO Werner Bürgin, now as part of Oerlikon Balzers. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Sucotec AG stands out from its competitors primarily through the high quality of its coating systems and the outstanding commitment to its customers in all areas, from adaptation to specific customer requirements in the early system development phase through to its after-sales service. This focus on customer needs is reflected in the remarkable loyalty demonstrated by its customers over a long period of time. “Oerlikon Balzers can offer our customers a global service and distribution network. With a long-term vision and the power of innovation of a global leader in coating solutions, our customers can only benefit from this acquisition”, said Werner Bürgin.

“We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues from Langenthal, with their innovative ideas, and with our new site in Switzerland”, said Marc Desrayaud, Head of Business Unit Balzers Industrial Solutions. “The technologies and systems they develop are the perfect addition to our product range, benefiting our customers in a large number of ways, and the acquisition also allows us to serve entirely new customer groups.”

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Sucotec AG in Langenthal, Switzerland
After signing the contract: Dr. Manfred Biedermann, Head of Business Line Equipment, Oerlikon Balzers, and Werner Bürgin, CEO Sucotec AG

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