Under its trade name Balinit, the company supplies coatings and coating systems for sintered hardmetal inserts, as well as tools for metal and plastics machining and a variety of sintered precision components, significantly improving performance and service life. Oerlikon Balzers is a business unit of the Swiss Oerlikon Group Worldwide, one of the world’s most successful high-tech industrial technology firms focusing on machinery and plant engineering.

“We’re very excited about it,” said Mark Kirsch, production manager for the Components Group, who cited several new contracts for coating services for automotive components as the reason behind the growth. Many of these were likely to be sintered steel parts.

In addition to adding new processing equipment, support services and physical facilities, the Rock Hill coating centre will be moving from two to three-shift operation by the end of 2012.