Precision Engineering

To act big, first think small

The canton of Vaud has a long tradition of expertise in miniaturization and micro-mechanics, which is now being extended to around a dozen sectors of activity such as the manufacturing of industrial machinery and medical technologies. Research centers and businesses in Vaud also lead the way in robotics, aerospace, metrology, and drones. More traditional sectors such as watch manufacturing are not being left behind either. Timepieces made by Blancpain, Audemars Piguet, and Jaeger Lecoultre – all companies established in the canton – are today sold around the globe.

Swiss products enjoy a reputation for quality the world over, which means that "Swiss made" is a foundation on which activities and products with high added value can be developed, and many foreign businesses choose Switzerland and the canton of Vaud for this very reason.

The success of companies in the canton can be attributed in no small part to the presence of cutting-edge research institutes at the EPFL and the HEIG-VD. Partners willing to support businesses are positioning themselves specifically in this field, with a prime example being the Technopôle de Sainte-Croix, which is the national center of excellence in micro-soldering.

The canton of Vaud is investing heavily in highly innovative fields such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and industrial design, with the latter being a rapidly growing pole of innovation.

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Our success stories

Parker Hannifin

For over a century, Parker Hannifin has contributed to technological advances that create a better world. With its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) headquarters in the Canton of Vaud, the US conglomerate offers solutions in a broad range of markets and industrial applications.

Swissto12

Swissto12 has firmly established its position as a promising startup<br />in the aerospace and satellite industry thanks to its innovative 3D<br />printing technology.

Flyability

Plus sûrs, plus rapides et moins coûteux: les drones de la start-up<br />vaudoise Flyability ont conquis le marché de la vérification d’installations difficiles d’accès.

News and events

9/21/2021

Micronora

This highly targeted exhibition brings together the entire microtechnology sector and offers a very broad multi-technology offering, ranging from R&D to subcontracting to production technologies.

Besançon, France

7/6/2021

The Swiss drone industry ranks globally number one in market size per capita

The Swiss drone industry is expected to grow from CHF 521 million in 2021 to CHF 879 million in the next five years. Major growth drivers are exports of hardware and software products to the European and US markets.

7/5/2021

CHF 4 million for ClearSpace’s robot cleaner

ClearSpace has closed its first financing round, raising CHF 4 million. The new capital adds up to the 86 million euros invested by the European Space Agency into the ClearSpace-1 mission due to take place in 2025.

News

7/26/2021

Meet FIT startups: Sustainable future

Discover the video portraits of CleanGreens and Agrosustain, produced by the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT).

7/19/2021

A wireless remote control to solve erectile dysfunction

Comphya designed the first implantable neurostimulator that allows patients with erectile dysfunction to activate the nerve responsible for penile erections using a wireless remote control.

Events

8/31/2021

Workshop : Basics of Regulatory Affairs in Medtech

This training provides you with the basics of regulatory affairs in MedTech with a focus on MDR and IVDR (Medical Devices and In-Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation). Get an overview of the regulatory landscape, hear about the basic concepts and principles and get insights into the necessary steps but also pitfalls when bringing a MedTech product to the market. Discuss with the experts.

EPFL, Auditorium SG1

9/16/2021

Trust in Healthcare

Trust and transparency are vital to educate and reassure us about health technology. Patients need to understand why their data is so crucial for the future of healthcare, how it will be used, what measures are in place to secure and protect it, and who is accountable.

Institut et Haute Ecole de la Santé La Source

9/21/2021

Micronora

This highly targeted exhibition brings together the entire microtechnology sector and offers a very broad multi-technology offering, ranging from R&D to subcontracting to production technologies.

Besançon, France