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

11/5/2020

Swiss Robotics Industry Day

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. The startup took the 7th position of the TOP 100 in 2020.

News

9/17/2020

Miraex joins IBM Q Network to collaborate on distributed quantum computing

Swiss-based startup Miraex has joined the IBM Q Network, which is a global community of Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, startups and national research labs working with IBM to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications.

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.

Events

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

9/24/2020

Convergence in Oncology Summit

For the 3rd consecutive year, Biopôle SA and Salus Partners are joining forces to organize this annual international meeting of industry leaders, entrepreneurs and investors active in the field of oncology.

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Free tickets for PME & Startups

9/25/2020

Forum of the 100

The Forum of 100, organized by Le Temps, is a platform for debate and networking based on an annual conference led by quality speakers. It aims to promote the economic dynamism and creativity that are characteristic of the French-speaking region. For a full day, the guests discuss issues that are essential to Switzerland's future. The theme of the 2020 edition: "The Swiss in the face of artificial intelligence". The online launch of the program and the opening of registrations will take place at the beginning of March. In the meantime, you can discover the portraits of the "100 personalities who make up French-speaking Switzerland".

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