Home to top universities and first-rate tech companies, the Zurich economic area figures among the world leaders in future technologies such as artificial intelligence, computer vision, quantum computing and autonomous systems. These and other technologies are embedded in Zurich’s high-tech ecosystem.
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High-tech developments are garnering considerable attention in the Canton of Zurich.
But what is high tech? We understand high tech to mean research-intensive growth industries that make an important contribution to the attractive and sustainable development of our canton through their high innovation and value-added potential. Technologies typically found in high-tech industries range from quantum computing and artificial intelligence to robotics, nanotechnology and materials engineering.
Due to its cross-sectional nature, high tech has the ability to bring together different areas of technology across industry boundaries and, furthermore, to give rise to new economic sectors. The high-tech ecosystem encompasses industries that create new products, services and applications based on the latest findings from engineering and natural sciences. Engineering technologies such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and computer science play a particularly important role in this regard.
In addition to many well-known university spin-offs, e.g. HeiQ Materials, Wigtra, Scewo, ddrobotec and Sevensense Robotics, Zurich is also home to several international high-tech heavyweights: IBM, ABB, Siemens, Mettler-Toledo, Rieter and Sulzer are all based in the Canton of Zurich. Access to a pool of well-qualified and highly talented young engineers is a key enabling factor for sustainable growth of high-tech companies in Zurich.
Academic Foundation and Knowledge Transfer to Industry
Teaching and research of the highest quality at the University of Zurich (UZH), the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH) and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) provide the academic foundation for the successful development of the high-tech industry in the Canton of Zurich. The ground-breaking research results and developments achieved by these academic institutions rank them among the best universities in the world. The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) acts as an important link between basic and applied research. Together with Technopark Zurich and Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich, Empa ensures that research lab results and findings are transferred successfully to the production and development departments of industrial companies.
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We support the devising of content of Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich. Already synonymous with the development of high-tech applications, the Dübendorf-based Innovation Park will play an even greater role as a space for innovation in the years to come. The aim is for start-ups and research divisions of established companies to drive forward developments in the high-tech arena.
As an active member of the Swiss Association for Autonomous Mobility (SAAM), we contribute to facilitating the development and execution of new and cutting-edge mobility solutions, on the ground and in the air.
More generally, we provide valuable input for the development of an innovation ecosystem in which high-tech stakeholders can connect and take advantage of synergies.
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