The economy in Western Switzerland is a very healthy one! High value-added sectors in particular have increased their activities, such as:

If one merely mentions the potential of microtechnologies in Western Switzerland, notably the know-how of enterprises as well as university, institute and technical school training, one can foresee a heartening prospect for this sector.

Of course, thanks to particular government support, Western Switzerland also offers other sectors a bright future: life science information technologies, technologies pertaining to the environment, micro- and nanotechnologies and aeronautics, as well as all the enterprises active in management and finance. Several specific organs of promotion and clusters have developed during these recent years that provide suitable solutions for development and company life.

With an increasing number of highly qualified foreign workers and of international companies that settle down in the region, the future of the Western Switzerland community promises to be bright future. It should be noted that the administrative procedures and customs conditions, designed to favour business exchanges, make matters easier for companies that are active in production.

The following are some renowned industries that are active in the region:

Medical:

 

  • Beckman Instruments International
  • Haag-Streit
  • Johnson & Johnson Group
  • Kyphon
  • Medtronic Europe
  • Précimed
  • Roche Diagnostic
  • Staar Surgical
  • Straumann
  • Stryker
  • Ypsomed

  

Biotechnology:

 

  • Baxter
  • Novimmune
  • Merck Serono
  • ZLB Behring

 

IT/Telecommunications:

 

  • Autodesk
  • Cisco
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hummingbird
  • Kudelski
  • Logitech
  • Orange Communications
  • Quark Systems
  • SAP
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Sunrise
  • Swisscom
  • T-Systems
  • VeriSign

 

Industrial equipment:

 

  • ABB Sécheron
  • Bobst
  • Dixi
  • Fluid Automation Systems
  • Ismeca
  • Lam Research
  • Liebherr
  • Metalor
  • Mikron
  • PX Group
  • Schaublin
  • Tornos
  • Weckerle Cosmetics

Pharma/chemistry:

 

  • Bayer group
  • Celgene
  • Ciba
  • Ferring
  • Glenmark
  • Lonza
  • Novartis
  • Orgamol
  • Syngenta
  • UCB Farchim

 

Foodstuffs:

 

  • Krueger
  • Merisant
  • Nutraco
  • Nespresso
  • Nestlé
  • General Mills

 

Microtechnologies:

 

  • Advanced Micro Technology
  • DelWest
  • Energizer
  • EM Microelectronic Marin
  • Feintool
  • Harting
  • Semtech
  • Oerlikon (Unaxis)
  • Valtronic

 

Watch-making:

 

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Bulgari
  • Bulova
  • Cartier
  • Chopard
  • Corum
  • Franck Muller Watch Land SA
  • Girard-Perregaux
  • Gucci
  • Jaeger LeCoultre
  • LVMH
  • La Montre Hermès
  • Maurice Lacroix
  • MGI Luxury Group
  • Parmigiani
  • Patek Philippe
  • Polar
  • Richemont
  • Rolex
  • Swatch Group
  • Ulysse Nardin
  • Vacheron Constantin

 

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