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Oerlikon opens new R&D centre at Suzhou site

The years of intensive R&D in the field of texturing, which Oerlikon Barmag is doing at the site in China, bears further fruits.

6th November 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Suzhou


The years of intensive research and development in the field of texturing, which Oerlikon Barmag is doing at the site in China, bears further fruits. Last month, the new R&D centre was officially inaugurated at the Suzhou site. Around 80 invited guests took part in the inauguration ceremony, where the work done so far was recognised with the award. The ceremonial opening was done by the government representatives of the city of Suzhou and the top management level of Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment.

Oerlikon holds 34 patents granted, several more are currently in the grant stage. The award also reflects the reorientation in the area of texturing. Meanwhile, the international technology team has grown to a size of over 60 highly qualified employees. This supports the strong focus on innovation and research. In addition to continuous improvement measures on existing machines, various new components and machine concepts are planned which will soon be opened to the market.

“Only with new approaches we can offer our customers the technological advantage with which they can be successful. The focus of the innovations is on the topics of automation, digitalization, energy saving and the improvement of process quality,” said Georg Stausberg, CEO Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment.

In addition to the official recognition of the achievements, Oerlikon China Technology has also been provided with state funding. “This financial support is partly invested in the most modern equipment, but also in a highly qualified training of our employees. This ensures that we can continue to offer high quality and customer benefits,” said Joachim Diezl, General Manager of the site in Suzhou.

Oerlikon engineers materials, equipment and surfaces and provides expert services. Drawing on its key technological competencies, the Group is sustaining mid-term growth by executing three strategic drivers: addressing attractive growth markets, securing structural growth, and expanding through targeted mergers and acquisitions.

A leading global technology and engineering Group, Oerlikon operates its business in two Segments – Surface Solutions and Manmade Fibers – and has a global footprint of over 9,500 employees at 171 locations in 37 countries.

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