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Oerlikon Metco Targets Chinese Market

The company now serves Chinese demand for thermal spray carbide powders by producing and distributing them solely in China.

An electron micrograph scan of an Oerlikon Metco tungsten carbide / cobalt thermal spray powder now produced in China for use in the Chinese market.

Oerlikon Metco (Winterthur, Switzerland) is now able to serve the growing local demand of customers within mainland China by offering high quality, thermal spray carbide powders that are produced in and distributed solely in China. The new products target industrial customers that require consistent and reliable materials for their applications.

While the products are identical to those the company manufactures in Barchfeld, Germany, and offers on a worldwide basis, production of these materials in China allows the company to serve the local 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, the product line manager for carbide materials at Oerlikon Metco. “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 and gas, paper manufacture, mining and heavy equipment markets. Previously, these materials were only produced by the Barchfeld facility that already serves major markets in the Americas, Europe and other Asian countries very efficiently and effectively. Expansion of production capabilities in China allows local customers better access to these materials through simplified logistics.


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