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

2/7/2021

mAm 2021

Following in the success of the editions of an entire decade, The Micronarc Alpine Meeting will continue its focus on equipment and innovative processes and technologies for manufacturing microproducts. This 2 day conference is a proven venue for stimulating quality networking and discussions in the casual atmosphere of Villars. A selection of invited speakers and presentations will comprise the program.

Eurotel Victoria, Villars

1/26/2021

2.1 billion for Swiss startups

Investment in Vaud based startups reach CHF 409.1 million; record number of financing rounds in our canton since 2012.

12/21/2020

Flyability raises €7 Million in Series C led by Future Industry Ventures (FIV) and Swisscom Ventures

Flyability specializes in innovative technology that optimizes indoor inspections in the industrial sector. With the investment, Flyability will focus on the development of their market-leading and innovative products and accelerate global expansion.

News

1/27/2021

SwissDeCode closes its first round of financing of CHF 3.7 million

The Vaud-based Foodtech company closes this first round of financing to accelerate the development of a technology for real-time certification of the authenticity and quality of food. Funding is led by VisVires New Protein (Singapore) and followed by EIT Food (Belgium).

1/26/2021

2.1 billion for Swiss startups

Investment in Vaud based startups reach CHF 409.1 million; record number of financing rounds in our canton since 2012.

Events

2/7/2021

mAm 2021

Following in the success of the editions of an entire decade, The Micronarc Alpine Meeting will continue its focus on equipment and innovative processes and technologies for manufacturing microproducts. This 2 day conference is a proven venue for stimulating quality networking and discussions in the casual atmosphere of Villars. A selection of invited speakers and presentations will comprise the program.

Eurotel Victoria, Villars

2/10/2021

Venture kickoff

Do you have a stellar idea and want to start your own business? Or you already have your startup, and want to take it off the ground? Learn about participating in >>venture>> startup competition and how you can earn up to CHF150K in non-dilutive cash prizes, a McKinsey business consulting package and mentorship by industry and entrepreneurial experts!

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2/12/2021

Petits Déj' des PME et start-up

For this first edition in 2021, the Association de la Région du Gros-de-Vaud (ARGDV) and the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation invite you to address the subject of public procurement through the feedback of 4 speakers.

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