Oerlikon’s Drive Systems Segment expands distributor network in South America to better service the market

Torque-Hub® range provides high-torque and long-life performance for industrial and off-highway machinery

Rivoli (Italy), 17th April 2015 – Oerlikon, with its Drive Systems Segment, has announced the appointment of four new distributors to further strengthen its presence in South America. Located in Argentina, Chile, Columbia and Peru and servicing local equipment markets operating in the agricultural, construction, mining and energy sectors, the distributors will be responsible for all the Company drive solutions.

“The ongoing investment in infrastructure and labour in South America and the potential for economic growth presents an opportunity for us in the region,” says Clem Strimel, Drive Systems Global Head of Sales, Marketing and Program Management. “Drive Systems Segment commits to providing its customers with leading transmission and drive solutions around the world and it is important that these markets have localised availability of our high-performance products.”

Oerlikon’s Drive Systems Segment products offer long-life performance and increased durability, the range encompasses Wheel Drives for off-highway equipment; Shaft Output Drives for in-plant equipment; Spindle Output Drives for small-diameter wheels used in lift trucks and mowers; and the highly configurable Excel Drives, which offer a broad range of ratios and maximum torque capabilities from 7,000Nm to 18,000Nm.

The new distributors are Central Hydraulico in Argentina, which services the agriculture and construction sectors, has two branches and employs 40 staff; Talleres Lucas in Chile, with four branches and 120 employees, specializes in mining equipment; Hydraulic House in Columbia operates across the oil and gas, mining and construction industries and has 43 staff; HDI in Peru employs 50 people and concentrates on mining and construction.

The appointment of these new distributors increase the brand Oerlikon Fairfield’s Torque-Hub® final drives presence in South America for industrial and off-highway machinery and Oerlikon Graziano’s presence for Agricultural and Construction market, and are further evidence of the company’s commitment to service emerging markets. The Company will ensure that the breadth of its global reach evolves as new production locations emerge in order to maintain the highest levels of supply flexibility for the customers.

For further information please contact:
Stella Roagna
Head of Global Communications & Marketing
Drive Systems Segment
Oerlikon Graziano
T +39 011 9570 206
stella.roagna@oerlikon.com                      

About Oerlikon
Oerlikon (SIX: OERL) is a leading global technology Group, focusing on providing market-leading technologies and services for surface solutions, manmade fibers manufacturing, drive systems and vacuum pumps and components in growth markets. These cutting-edge technologies benefit customers by improving their product performance, productivity, efficient use of energy and resources, and also by contributing to a more sustainable environment. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 15 500 employees at more than 200 locations in 36 countries and sales of CHF 3.2 billion in 2014. The company invested CHF 121 million in R&D in 2014 and has over 1 300 specialists developing innovative and customer-oriented products and services.

About Oerlikon’s Drive Systems Segment
Oerlikon’s Drive Systems Segment, a part of the Swiss-based Oerlikon Group (SIX: OERL), is a leading supplier of high-precision gear, drive and shifting solutions. Under the market-leading brands of Oerlikon Graziano and Oerlikon Fairfield, the Segment provides high-tech drive products and systems for a wide range of applications, from sports cars, hybrid and electric vehicles to machinery and equipment for the agriculture, construction, mobility (on-/off-highway, city buses), energy and mining sectors. Known for its excellent manufacturing, engineering and innovative expertise, the Segment has the know-how and capabilities to lead the full deployment of a development program from conceptual and simulation phases to mass production of complete mechatronic driveline systems as well as single gearing components. In 2014, the Segment generated sales of CHF 779 million and has a team of over 5 000 employees, operating its own production facilities in China, India, EMEAR and the Americas and serving customers worldwide.

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