Oerlikon Balzers has received the 2016 Award for Supplier Excellence from THK Rhythm in Changzhou, China. Oerlikon Balzers was recognized for its contributions to THK’s culture of excellence and commitment to quality, value and cost performance.
THK Rhythm Changzhou in China is part of the Japanese THK Group and is a component supplier for the automotive industry. Since 2011, Oerlikon Balzers has developed customized plasma heat treatment solutions for and in close cooperation with THK Rhythm in Changzhou. The advanced heat treatment process BALITHERM IONIT OX has been adapted to meet THK’s needs, focusing on optimum wear and corrosion protection for ball pins.
The BALITHERM IONIT OX process makes ball pins, tie rods, brake discs and many other suspension components wear-resistant and durable. Moreover, no hazardous chemicals are used. Thus BALITHERM IONIT OX is the efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to common methods of treatment such as hard chrome plating or salt bath nitriding. Oerlikon Balzers treats millions of ball pins every year for leading vehicle manufacturers worldwide.