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

Bobst

Founded in 1890 in Lausanne, Switzerland, BOBST is one of the world's leading suppliers of equipment and services for substrate processing, printing and converting for the label, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated industries. The business unit is present in more than 50 countries, has 14 production sites in 8 countries and employs more than 5,600 people worldwide.

KOMP-ACT: Electrifying industries from ground to sky

Actuators are the unsung heroes of the manufacturing industry. These little powerhouses work behind the scenes to activate moving parts in equipment ranging from food-packaging machines and robotic arms to the landing gear on airplanes. But surprisingly for the digital age, the technology in use today hasn’t changed since the 1920s: pneumatic devices running on compressed air. KOMP-ACT’s electric actuators are set to change all that – and slash companies’ operating costs by a factor of ten.

PSI Audio : l’innovation du son analogique

« Depuis plus de 40 ans, nous cherchons à reproduire les sons le plus précisément possible, indique en préambule le CEO Roger Roschnik, afin que nos haut-parleurs les transmettent de la façon la plus naturelle qui soit. » Fondée en 1977 par Alain Roux, l’entreprise située à Yver-don compte aujourd’hui une dizaine de personnes qui « exercent à elles seules une trentaine de métiers, allant de la recherche à la logistique, en passant par l’administration, l’assemblage, l’usinage de pièces et bien d’autres activités encore. »

News and events

11/25/2020

KIck-off event : Space4Impact

The Space4Impact initiative (www.space4impact.org) wants to reveal the added value of space data, technologies and infrastructures to financial actors by supporting startups that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). To reach this goal a kick-off event will rake place in Lausanne in Lausanne with the support of the Economic Promotion and Innovation Department.

SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL

6/29/2020

BIC and Iprova launch invention lab

BIC, a world leader in stationery, lighters, and shavers, is partnering with technology company Iprova to launch the BIC-Iprova Invention Lab to enhance BIC’s Innovation and Research & Development (R&D) capability.

4/30/2020

Volvo uses Daphne’s design to help fight coronavirus

In normal times, Daphne Technology fights against air pollutants. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lausanne-based company has promptly responded to a new challenge : protecting healthcare workers from droplets containing coronavirus particles.

News

7/9/2020

Membrasenz wins the PERL Trophy 2020

Membrasenz was awarded the Lausanne Region Trophy endowed with CHF 50'000 at the end of the PERL ceremony organised on social networks from 22 to 25 June. The startup's project enables the production of hydrogen with zero CO2 emissions. The other prizes went to three other startups. The Public Prize will be awarded on June 27 by Internet users.

7/7/2020

The weight of COvid-19 on the Vaud economy

n the space of a few months, the coronavirus pandemic managed to sweep away all economic forecasts and brought economies around the world to their knees. After the health arm wrestling, the economic arm wrestling has begun. The economic recession is already evident. In April, exports fell by 29% compared to the previous year. From March to May, 5,000 people were unemployed. Find out more about the economic situation in the Vaud economy,

Events

8/20/2020

iToday

Innovation happens where business,design, and tech meet. Innovation Today is the biggest innovation event in Switzerland with the legends Alexander Osterwalder, Jake Knapp, Yves Pigneur! They will share real-life stories, case studies, practical tools and methods that inspire thousands of innovation leaders and the world's most innovative companies.

SwissTech Convention Center

9/2/2020

Swiss Economic Forum

For the very first time, the 22nd Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) will take place in Vaud. Over the years, this national event has established itself as THE conference for Swiss economic decision-makers. Renowned for its high quality and world-class speakers, more than 1,350 decision-makers from business, politics, science and the media meet here every year.

Montreux

Free tickets for PME & Startups

9/21/2020

Swiss Medtech Day

The annual Swiss medtech day brings together various payers in the medical technology industry to discover and discuss new trends in the industry. A wide range of activities including poster sessions, award ceremony and networking awaits the visitors.

Kuursal, Bern