Oerlikon Balzers signs 10-year contract with MTU Aero Engines

The collaboration will contribute to improving the efficiency of the PW1100G-JM aero engines by providing erosion-resistant coatings for MTU’s high-pressure compressor aerofoils.
Oerlikon Balzers signs 10-year contract with MTU Aero Engines
Schwyz, Switzerland

Oerlikon Balzers, a leading surface solutions brand of the Oerlikon Group, has signed a ten-year contract with MTU Aero Engines, Germany’s leading aero-engine manufacturer. Oerlikon Balzers will apply MTU’s owned erosion-resistant coating ERCoat on aerofoil components of next-generation GTF aero-engines used in the Airbus A320neo aircraft. 

The coating will help to improve the efficiency of the engine. MTU Aero Engines is partnering with Pratt & Whitney on this engine. 

The collaboration between the two companies will leverage their respective competencies and further contribute to improving the efficiency of the PW1100G-JM aero engines by providing erosion-resistant coatings for MTU’s high-pressure compressor aerofoils.

Holger Auer, Director Procurement Airfoils, Castings and Indirect Material, MTU Aero Engines, said, “Oerlikon Balzers has proven to be a reliable partner for MTU during the initial phase of this coating project. Based on their technical capabilities as well as customer orientation, we are looking forward to establishing a strong and reliable supply chain within Europe and Asia. Additionally, our common goal is to further improve MTU’s owned ERCoatnt application. We are convinced, Oerlikon Balzers highly motivated team will fulfil this very demanding project during the development and serial production phase to our satisfaction.”

Dr Markus Tacke, CEO, Oerlikon Surface Solutions Division, said, “This long-term contract is a clear sign of confidence that customers such as MTU Aero Engines have in our technologies. With our first-class, globally highly recognised coating solutions, we provide our expertise to improve engine and fuel efficiency, and thereby contribute to sustainability. This agreement underlines our commitment to further provide sustainable innovation as a leading supplier for surface solutions such as PVD, in the aerospace market.”

With this long-term agreement, Oerlikon Balzers will step forward in supplying advanced surface technologies and coatings for the aerospace industry. MTU Aero Engines will profit from the industrialisation, know-how and expertise of a leading supplier of thin-film physical vapour deposition (PVD).
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