Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum, a global manufacturer of vacuum pumps and systems, signed a contract with a distributor for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. The contract is the basis for a strategic partnership with Vacuummash, a leading Russian vacuum pump and systems supplier, and will facilitate access to CIS states. Vacuummash has extensive vacuum-technology application experience, especially in the areas of metallurgy, research and development and the energy sector. According to the long-term agreement, Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum will supply fore-vacuum and high-vacuum products as well as complete vacuum systems to the Russian market. It also covers the use of Vacuummash’s servicing capabilities for Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum’s equipment in the CIS region.