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

11/5/2020

SRID

The Swiss Robotics Industry Day is a one-day annual conference is exclusively designed for industry to showcase the activities of NCCR Robotics and selected Swiss SMEs and start-ups active in the field of robotics through a series of technology demonstrations, posters and discussions.

Swiss Tech Convention Center, EPFL

Free tickets for PME & Startups

9/16/2020

Insolight: Super solar panels

Insolight is part of the ambitious consortium Hiperion, in which the European Union invested 10 million euros. The Vaud based startups is Switzerland's 10th best startup in 2020.

9/11/2020

Gamaya: Sustainable growth

The intelligent system enables precise weed control on large vegetable plantations and soon also in viticulture.

News

10/26/2020

Data center specialist, French APL opens a subsidiary in Lausanne

Supported by Innovaud, the French firm APL specializing in the design and construction of data centers has set up in Switzerland with a subsidiary in Lausanne. The branch will be used to develop business in Switzerland, particularly in the area of efficiency and environmental impact of data centers (article in French).

10/21/2020

Vaud-based cybersecurity specialist Kudelski partners with Amazon

The American e-commerce giant Amazon has chosen the Vaud-based encryption and secure access specialist Kudelski to perform cybersecurity tests on its virtual assistant Alexa.

Events

11/1/2020

Digital Days

Innovation, sustainable economy, lifelong learning, ethics in technology - what does digitalisation contribute to making Switzerland more sustainable? Digitalswitzerland and its partners will transform the country into an open venue for community collaboration.. More than 150 free events throughout the country offer you the opportunity to inform yourself, learn, participate and help shape the future.

Online

11/5/2020

SRID

The Swiss Robotics Industry Day is a one-day annual conference is exclusively designed for industry to showcase the activities of NCCR Robotics and selected Swiss SMEs and start-ups active in the field of robotics through a series of technology demonstrations, posters and discussions.

Swiss Tech Convention Center, EPFL

Free tickets for PME & Startups

11/12/2020

Numerik Games

The Numerik Games Festival is dedicated to digital art and culture. Innovaud, as partner of Numerik Games, is in charge of moderating the SME day on Thursday 12th November 2020 "SME, Destination tomorrow". This year, this festival revolves around the theme of "monsters" fostering creativity that involves the resources made possible by digital technology.

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