Dectris X-ray detectors are used to make the invisible visible. For example, one of its detectors was used to decipher the structure of the Zika virus, thus making it possible to combat it. One of the points highlighted by the jury is that Dectric relies on Switzerland as a location for both research and the production of equipment, which shows that innovation and high quality standards can successfully overcome the high Swiss franc. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Baden-Dättwil, Dectris has become a market leader in its industry with its 100 employees.
Two other winners also come from the canton of Aargau. In third place came the Kuratle Group from Leibstadt, a global company focused on timber construction, resale and hardware stores, as well as the kitchen, furniture and parquet industries. The company has 536 employees in Switzerland and 298 internationally.
Stäger & CO AG from Muri received one of the three innovation awards that were presented as part of the competition. The company specializes in customized packaging solutions made of transparent, thermoformed plastics.
Other competition winners include: the Basel-based hotel and catering company Krafft Group (second place); Nikles Inter AG from Aesch in the canton of Basel-Landschaft, which develops and manufactures shower and bathroom accessories (innovation award); and the medtech company Sensile Medical from Olten (innovation award).