Success in global infrastructure projects

International infrastructure projects are large, complex and require a lot of time to complete. Because of their scope, they generally involve significant investments and are usually completed by project companies established specifically for the project in question. How can you, as a Swiss SME, take part in such projects? What do you need to keep in mind and which partners is it worth working with?

According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, about 8% percent of gross domestic product (GDP) of  the respective country was spent on the construction and maintenance of public and private infrastructure in 2015. If you add – as the World Bank does – oil and gas, mining and real estate, the investments amount to 14% of GDP. It’s a lucrative market that is highly competitive, but offers numerous opportunities.

What to be aware of as an SME
What exactly does infrastructure involve and which sectors are particularly full of potential for Swiss SMEs? Our fact sheet answers these questions and offers an initial overview. It also addresses issues on financing, project development and collaboration in consortia or with engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms.

Partners and further support for you
We have the right partners at our side, and you can benefit from this too; SERV, Swissmem, Swissrail and SECO’s central coordinating office are on hand to provide their services, expertise and networks to assist you with infrastructure projects. Read our fact sheet for more information.

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State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

The Swiss Export Risk Insurance SERV insures the export business of Swiss companies against payment default due to political or economic risks and can help in the event of liquidity bottlenecks. As part of the ECA Pathfinding project, SERV is making an important contribution by actively brokering large-scale projects in buyer markets, especially in the infrastructure sector, for the benefit of Swiss exporters.


Swissmem is the leading association for SMEs and large companies in Switzerland's mechanical, electrical engineering and metal industries (MEM industries) and related technology-oriented sectors. Swissmem promotes the national and international competitiveness of its more than 1,200 member companies through effective lobbying, needs-based services, targeted networking and training and further education of employees in the MEM industries in line with labor market requirements.


Swissrail Industry Association is the association of the Swiss railway industry. It represents over 120 member companies from the various sectors of the rail transport supply industry. Swissrail supports its members in their export activities by, among other things, organizing joint stands at international trade fairs and delegation trips to interesting markets.

Another important task of the association is the protection of the interests of the industry at home and abroad.