To respond to the ever-changing technological context, Richemont and Microcity teamed up to create a Research and Innovation Center. As of April 2017, thirty researchers are based at Microcity, a pole for scientific and academic excellence dedicated to infinite precision and advanced manufacturing technologies. They work towards greater efficiency, innovation and creativity. According to a joint press release, twenty engineers specialized in micro-systems, micro-manufacturing and micro-engineering will be newly recruited in 2018.
The Richemont group – which owns high-end jewelry, watchmaking and writing instruments brands such as Cartier, Piaget and Montblanc – is a leading employer in Switzerland, where nearly a third of its staff is located. The canton of Neuchâtel is home to a significant part of the group’s manufacturing activities. Through this partnership, Richemont will become fully integrated within the canton’s world-class industrial and academic ecosystem.