La Broye

Situated in the northeast of Vaud, bordering the canton of Fribourg, La Broye is half way between the cities Lausanne, Berne, Neuchâtel and Fribourg. Its main towns are Oron, Moudon, Payerne and Avenches, which was the seat of the local Roman governor some two thousand years ago and now features Roman remains and a superbly preserved amphitheatre.

Specialising in machine engineering, food processing and civil aviation, La Broye has created several sites where start-ups and new industries can set up shop at very competitive rates. Close to Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Morat, the region has benefited from the opening of the facilities at the military airstrip in Payerne to civil aviation.

One of the priorities for the future in la Broye is to develop an industry and research based on civil aviation, aircraft maintenance and pilot training. With this in mind, in 1999 the region set up a centre of aeronautic competence in order to attract companies from the industrial or commercial sector which require easy access to the facilities of a modern airstrip (Aéropôle).

Other companies to have operations in La Broye include Henniez, one of the biggest bottlers of mineral water in Europe, Fermenta, which provides organic materials for medical research, and Isover, a manufacturer of insulating products.

What’s more, Nestlé Nespresso, the global pioneer in premium coffee portions, is planning to build a state-of-the-art production and distribution complex in Avanches for its world-famous coffee capsules to add to its existing Orbe facility, similarly in the canton of Vaud.

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