From a trendsetter to a global standard.
Thirty years ago, we came up with the idea of applying TiAlN (titanium aluminium nitride) coatings to tools. In order to implement this, we founded CemeCon. Today, over 75% of all high-quality PVD tool coatings applied worldwide are titanium aluminium nitride-based. CemeCon was granted the corresponding patent and became a trendsetter. Competitors didn't show up until 10 years later.
The next innovation came just three years after the company was founded: diamond coatings! As is often the case when innovations are concerned, areas of application and markets take time to appear. Who in the 80s would have foreseen the importance of using fibre materials in the aircraft and automotive industry? Today, diamond-coated tools for machining fibre-reinforced materials are the fastest-growing market segment.