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

11/20/2020

Success for a fourth edition of the Innovation by Design Challenge

Innovaud is a partner of this event, which rewarded two project this year: Isochronic and Datacie.

11/16/2020

EPFL created a raptor-inspired drone with morphing wing and tail

EPFL engineers have developed a drone with a feathered wing and tail that give it unprecedented flight agility.

News

11/23/2020

Insolight, a record yield for the sun

Based on space technology, the Lausanne-based start-up Insolight has developed solar panels that achieve an efficiency of 29%.

11/20/2020

Success for a fourth edition of the Innovation by Design Challenge

Innovaud is a partner of this event, which rewarded two project this year: Isochronic and Datacie.

Events

11/30/2020

FORWARD

With nearly 1000 participants during the first two editions, FORWARD has confirmed its success and is looking forward to the 3rd edition of this event, dedicated to the theme : My SME in 5 years - The new dimensions of innovation. Nearly 60 speakers will lead this annual meeting of SMEs and innovation partners.

Online

12/2/2020

Tech Tour HEALTH

Organised by Tech Tour and supported by the Service de la promotion de l'économie et de l'innovation (SPEI), the 10th edition of the HealthTech Summit (HTS) will once again bring together the most promising companies in the field of medical technology and digital health.

Online

Free tickets for PME & Startups

12/2/2020

Tech Tour ALPINE

The 9th edition of the formerly known AHVF will adapt to COVID-19 and go online. This events remains a key-opportunity for startups looking for investors in the Alpine region. More specifically, this event will focus on life sciences, ICT and sustainability.

Online

Free tickets for PME & Startups