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GZA wins Financial Times strategy prize

fDi Intelligence has awarded Greater Zurich Area AG a prize for the promotion of advanced manufacturing technologies. The jury saw signs that an attractive center for high-tech manufacturing was emerging in the form of the region’s clusters for robotics and intelligent systems.

Greater Zurich Area AG was awarded the specialist prize for advanced manufacturing.
A robot from Zurich-based technology company ABB helps produce solar panels. Image credit: ABB

Greater Zurich Area AG (GZA) was awarded the specialist prize for advanced manufacturing at the fDi Strategy Awards 2021. Strategy prizes are awarded to global business and location promotion agencies that have distinguished themselves in certain areas during the current year. fDi intelligence is the department for foreign direct investment (FDI) at the Financial Times, the London-based business newspaper.

For this year’s edition, a four-strong fDi jury reviewed 34 locations and agencies that stood out across various fDi Intelligence rankings in 2021. The main prizes were awarded in the four core categories of Global Cities of the Future, African Tech Ecosystems, American Cities of the Future and Tech Cities of the Future

The New York City Economic Development Corporation was named as best investment promotion agency (IPA) and also claimed the prize for the highest degree of sustainability. The award for best aftercare services went to Berlin Partner for Business and Technology.

In addition, the jury awarded prizes for outstanding achievements in specific sectors. It noted that the Greater Zurich Area, as Switzerland's financial metropolis, has a strong concentration of companies that use cutting-edge manufacturing processes. As the jury stated in comments explaining its decision in favor of GZA, this “in combination with the city’s clusters for robotics and intelligent systems” indicates “that the location will be an attractive center for high-tech manufacturing”.

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