The national excellence center for micro welding and additive manufacturing

The Sainte-Croix Technology Park, one of Innovaud’s founding partners, is the only center of excellence for micro welding and related techniques in Switzerland. It also has recognized expertise in the field of additive manufacturing and is equipped with the latest 3D digitizing and printing technologies.

The technopark provides top-tier training, applied research & development, know-how and certification thanks to its partnerships with the Swiss Welding Institute, the Nord Vaudois Professional Center (CPNV), the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD) and the Nord Vaudois Development Association (ADNV). It also provides business-creation support and guidance. Drawing on its international network, the technopark offers partnership opportunities with leading institutes in Europe and further afield.

Industrial equipment on site

• 3D printing and digitizing technology
• Computer-aided design
• Rapid prototyping
• Computer-aided manufacturing
• Machining
• Brazing
• Additive manufacturing
• Controlling measuring instruments
• Electronics
• Training
• Certification

Tech platforms and partnerships

The technopark provides top-tier training, applied research & development, know-how and certification thanks to its partnerships with the Swiss Welding Institute, the Nord Vaudois Professional Center (CPNV), the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD) and the Nord Vaudois Development Association (ADNV). It also provides business-creation support and guidance.

About the premises

The technopark is ideally located in one of the largest municipalities in Vaud Canton. It offers the perfect setting for creating a business, with a broad range of services adapted to companies’ needs.

• « Domiciled » companies
• « Incubator » companies, with preferential terms
• CHF 75.00/m2 per year
• « Located companies » with a large rented space
• CHF 125.00/m2 per year
• « Manufacturing » companies, for large companies looking to take advantage of all the benefits offered by the municipal, cantonal and federal authorities.

Amenities

The Sainte-Croix Technology Park has a 48-seat auditorium that provides high-speed WiFi and audiovisual equipment. It is ideal for conferences, product presentations and other business events.

Other services include food and beverages for meeting breaks, on-site buffet lunches, hotel room bookings, and a visit to the region’s museums.


Auditoire, Technopôle de Sainte-Croix

Business services

Administrative services

• Fixed business address
• Shared reception area
• Manned phone line
• Fax and mail service

Logistics

• Free parking in front of the building (120 parking spaces)
• Computerized building access and surveillance system
• Library, cafeteria and auditorium (with audiovisual equipment)
• Fiber-optic internet and intranet systems
• Co-working spaces, color photocopier, WiFi

Business development

• Close ties with HEIG-VD and CPNV
• Organization of promotional and other events
• Access to the regional and cantonal economic development networks

Conditions and requirements

Requirements

• The business or project must be innovative and contribute to the fields of micro welding (or related techniques) and/or microtechnology
• It must also be a viable project with development potential
• The project should be suitable for a partnership with HEIG-VD and/or CPNV
• The company must have been created in Switzerland and be listed in the commercial register

Conditions

Incubator: fixed two-year term that can be renewed once with approval.

Technopark: automatically renewing leases lasting between one and five years.

Location

Sainte-Croix is located between Yverdon-les-Bains and Pontarlier. Lausanne and Neuchâtel are each about a 40-minute drive away; Geneva, which has an international airport, is one hour away. France is also close by: Besançon can be reached in one hour and Dijon in two hours. Sainte-Croix offers a very high standard of living and all standard urban services.