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Micro and nanotechnologies and precision engineering

Intelligence from a long tradition of watchmaking

Inspired by its centuries-long watchmaking heritage, the Greater Geneva Bern area has developed unique know-how in the interconnected fields of precision mechanics, MEMS, microelectronics and nanotechnologies.  Today, the region serves as a point of reference in these sectors and is home to international companies such as Marvell, Semtech, Festo Microtechnology, Colibrys, Melexis Technologies and Etel.

Technology and high precision innovation

International companies active in this sector have chosen the Greater Geneva Bern area in order to take advantage of the available synergies with renowned academic and research institutions offering the most modern resources.  Microcity in Neuchâtel, a center of excellence and innovation in the field of micro and nanotechnologies, microfabrication and the process of industrialization, combines all the competencies related to the infinitely precise, from the concept phase to the production and commercialization of the product.  It is located in close proximity to the Centre suisse d’électronique et de microtechnique (CSEM) whose mission it is to develop microtechnologies and to transfer that know-how to industry.
The Fondation Suisse pour la Recherche en Microtechnologie (FSRM) also located in Neuchâtel, offers a wide range of training programs covering all fields in the sector, from quality control in precision engineering to micro-optics and micropositioning.  The Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) at the University of Fribourg is a research center dedicated to materials science and nanosciences.  It has its own technology transfer office as well as an applied sciences laboratory for companies.  The Parc Technologique de Saint-Imier (PTSI) in the Bernese Jura welcomes institutes, start-ups and companies working in the micro technologies and precision engineering, with a particular emphasis in medical engineering and cleantech.  The GGBa also relies on the expertise of the Micronarc platform.

New business opportunities

The Greater Geneva Bern area hosts prominent events dedicated to micro and nanotechnologies and precision engineering, which provides the opportunity to strengthen business relationships in a convivial and international setting.  A few examples of these events include the Salon International – Leader de la Haute Précision Horlorgère, Microtechnologies
et Medtech (EPHJ-EPMT-SMT), the Trade Fair for Microtechnology Production (SIAMS) which attracts exhibitors from all over Europe, as well as mAm – The Microproducts Annual Meeting, an international conference on microfabrication renowned for the quality of its program and networking.

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