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Ionbond Equipment Division integrated into IHI Hauzer Techno Coating

01 April 2019

Ionbond is pleased to announce the sale of its equipment division to fellow IHI Group company Hauzer Techno Coating. Under Hauzer, which produces physical vapor deposition (PVD) equipment for the tribological, tool and decorative market, the equipment division will continue as an independent company under the name IHI Bernex. IHI Bernex will continue to work closely with the Ionbond group on key projects and developments.


Maximize strength by expansion

Dave Doerwald, Hauzer CEO: “The Bernex portfolio is an excellent complement to the Hauzer portfolio, allowing the two companies to serve more customers together. We are both equipment manufacturers and speak the same language when it comes to doing business.” Dr. Michael Auger, Bernex CEO, adds: “Bernex is profitable and growing, and we are looking forward to the synergies that will come from working with Hauzer. Both companies have a lot to offer.”


The integration of the Ionbond equipment division into Hauzer is in line with the aim of the IHI Group to maximize synergies by aligning equipment production activities. Bernex will be an independent company within the Hauzer group, with the same people and the same business location in Olten, Switzerland.


Leader in CVD Solutions

Bernex CVD systems set the industry standard in CVD enhancement of wear, friction and temperature protection of tools and components. Bernex machines are renowned for their reliability and have proven themselves in hundreds of installations worldwide. The company has over 45 years of experience with developing technology, equipment and recipes for CVD coatings. Auger: “CVD is in our DNA. We have expanded CVD technology to include CVA, for aluminum coatings, and CVI, for coating the internal surfaces of porous materials such as carbon fiber bodies. Our expertise in developing proprietary coatings for specific customer applications sets Bernex apart in the field.”


Bernex Expanding Production Capacity

Bernex engineering and manufacturing will remain in Olten, where it is expanding its production capacity. The Bernex Service Center Asia will remain in Kunshan, China.


For more information, see the new Bernex website:




About Hauzer: Hauzer has been a pioneer in PVD coatings for 35 years and has a broad, top-quality plasma technology portfolio. As a company with a worldwide presence and strong customer focus, Hauzer offers lifetime support and upgradeability for their machines.


Hauzer’s headquarters are located in Venlo, the Netherlands, and the company has facilities in China, Japan and Spain.


About Ionbond: Ionbond provides advanced coating solutions featuring a broad range of hard, low friction, wear resistant coatings based on PVD, PACVD and CVD technologies for aerospace, medical, automotive, decorative and tooling applications.


With 39 job coating centers in 17 countries in Europe, North America and Asia, Ionbond has one of the largest coating networks in the world.


Ionbond, Hauzer and Bernex are all part of Japanese industrial group IHI Corporation.


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