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 has firmly established its position as a promising startup<br />in the aerospace and satellite industry thanks to its innovative 3D<br />printing technology.


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


Discover the Canadian market with Vaud’s trade mission 2022

Open to all companies in the canton - from start-ups to SMEs to multinationals - the next trade mission from the Canton of Vaud will be in Canada (Montreal and Toronto) from the 11th until the 16th September 2022. The fields of innovation highlighted during this mission are Life Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Manufacturing. Registration deadline: 30 June 2022.

Montreal, Toronto


« Le potentiel d’un rapprochement entre le Québec et le canton de Vaud est très grand »

Le 13 juin 2022 à l’EPFL Innovation Park à Lausanne - la capitale du canton de Vaud, en Suisse romande et francophone - une délégation représentant l’écosystème d’innovation du canton de Vaud a rencontré la Sous ministre aux Relations internationales et à la Francophonie du Québec, Madame Sylvie Barcelo. Cette dernière était accompagnée par des membres de la Délégation générale du Québec à Munich, l’antenne de la province pour la Suisse. Cette rencontre organisée par Innovaud - l’agence pour la promotion de l’innovation et de l’investissement du canton de Vaud - a permis de premières discussions sur les moyens de créer des ponts entre le Québec et la Suisse romande, et le canton de Vaud en particulier. Cette collaboration pourrait à l’avenir favoriser l’installation et la croissance d’entreprises suisses et québécoises dans ces deux marchés aux atouts complémentaires.


Spain’s Astronaut Pedro Duque joins the Board of Directors at Destinus

Destinus announced that Pedro Duque, ESA astronaut who served as Minister of Science for the Government of Spain and former President of Deimos Imaging, was elected to its board of directors. His addition expands the board to four members, demonstrating the pan-European character of Destinus and increased importance of Spain. Besides the Founder & CEO, Mikhail Kokorich, the other two board members are Dr. Cornelius Boersch, considered as one of the most active and well-recognized business angels in Europe, and Philipp Rösler, former Vice Chancellor of Germany and former German Minister of Economics & Technology