François Monory
Senior Manufacturing Director
Medtronic

"I would recommend the canton of Vaud without hesitation to any company wanting to start operating in Europe. This region offers all the ingredients you need to set up successfully."

What are the factors that motivated Medtronic to set up in the canton of Vaud?
"Switzerland in general, and the canton of Vaud in particular, was chosen for several reasons: notably its position in the heart of Europe, but also because of its reputation for quality and precision, as well as its humanitarian tradition in line with Medtronic's corporate mission. With so many advanced scientific research centres close by, Medtronic wants to be actively involved in establishing the Lake Geneva area as a technology centre of excellence."

Have you expanded your activities in the canton of Vaud since you got set up?
"Yes, we have undertaken expansion work on two occasions so far – to increase our production capacity and to build a European training centre."

How to you rate the business climate, cooperation with the authorities and the quality of life in the canton of Vaud?
"The canton of Vaud has major assets when it comes to attracting enterprises and stimulating their development – the quality of life and the excellent cooperation with the authorities are part of this."

How welcome did you feel when you arrived in the canton of Vaud, both personally and professionally?
"As soon as I arrived in the canton of Vaud, I appreciated the warm, personal welcome I received from the authorities and the people I had to deal with in a professional capacity, but also from the people that my family and I run across in our everyday lives."

Would you recommend the canton of Vaud to other companies wanting to set up operations in Europe? What would be your main arguments?
"I would recommend the canton of Vaud without hesitation to any company wanting to start operating in Europe for all the reasons that led Medtronic to come here: a location right in the heart of Europe, a reputation for quality and precision, a highly qualified workforce, the proximity of advanced scientific research centres and international organisations (UN, WHO), plus the humanitarian tradition – which is very important for Medtronic. Besides, the canton of Vaud offers an excellent quality of life. It benefits from economic, political and social stability, and top-drawer infrastructure: transport, hotels, motorways and an airport nearby – all the ingredients you need to set up successfully!"