Key skills in the brightest sectors

Industrial activity in the canton of Vaud concentrates on leading-edge sectors with high value added. The region has become a preferred location for a wide range of industries, including:

  • precision instruments
  • medical equipment
  • industrial machinery and equipment
  • watchmaking
  • semiconductors
  • pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
  • agribusiness
  • information and communication technology (ICT)
  • micro/nanotechnology
  • technologies related to energy and the environment

These industries have thrived on a combination of skills traditionally available locally (notably in micromechanics, precision instruments and industrial equipment), contributions from foreign companies and a strong commitment to research and development on the part the universities and research institutions based in the canton of Vaud, notably in :

These three elements have fed on each other to produce international centres of competence, creating a critical mass in cutting edge fields, which constantly draws in new players.

Click on “Multinationals” for a list of sectors and the main companies operating in the leading-edge industries based in the canton of Vaud.


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