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

9/8/2021

23 Vaud startups in the TOP 100 2021

The TOP 100 Swiss startups were unveiled on 8 September in Schlieren (ZH). Some 23 of these young companies come from the canton of Vaud, and 10 of them are newcomers to the ranking this year. CREAL and AgroSustain enter the TOP 10. The canton of Vaud has confirmed its attractiveness to young, promising technology companies with the potential of becoming Vaud's next scale-ups that successfully make it to the stock market, such as SOPHiA GENETICS and Astrocast.

8/12/2021

AELER launches the world’s most technologically advanced freight container

Aeler, a Swiss-based, logistics-tech company, has launched a new generation freight container that reduces costs and CO2 emissions like none before. This is possible thanks to the Aeler container’s increased payload, better aerodynamics, all-insulated construction and smart, real-time tracking technology.