Micro / nanotechnology

The Canton of Vaud has a long tradition of precision mechanics and miniaturisation, inherited from watchmaking industry over a hundred years old and particularly active in the Joux Valley.

This expertise in microtechnology has encouraged the development of various industries and centres of research and education in precision technologies (micromechanics, microelectronics, microsystems). These days, such skills are employed widely in telecommunications, computers, aeronautics, aerospace, medical equipment, precision machinery, the automotive industry and, last but not least, deluxe watches.

More than 150 microtechnology firms are based in the canton of Vaud, employing more than 7,300 people and generating an annual turnover of three billion euros, more than half of which comes from exports.

Academic research and education are also very well developed in the field of micro/nanotechnology. Notable institutions in this field include the Microengineering department at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), the Institute of Micro and Nano Techniques at Vaud School of Business and Engineering (HEIG-VD) and the Swiss Foundation for Research in Microtechnology (FSRM).

On a regional level, the full set of microtechnology skills is pooled in what is known as the Micronarc cluster. The purpose of this innovation platform is to promote western Switzerland, its enterprises and universities, as a fully fledged competence centre in the field of microtechnology.


Micro-nanotech Cluster of Western Switzerland

Promotion of enterprises and research institutions in western Switzerland active in the field of micro and nanotechnologies.



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