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Mechanical, electrical and metal industry (MEM)

The mechanical, electrical and metal industry (MEM industry) is one of the biggest export industries in Switzerland and the country is an ideal innovation and production site for MEM companies. 

Production of specific machine tools for precision grinding at Agathon AG

With over 320,000 employees, the Swiss mechanical, electrical and metal industry (MEM) is the largest industrial employer in Switzerland. Due to the high standards in terms of quality, precision, safety and reliability, the sector remains internationally competitive despite the strong Swiss franc. Almost 80% of products are exported, almost 60% of which go into the EU. Globally, Switzerland therefore occupies second place for exporting of machines per capita. One of the reasons for the success of this industry is the above-average high capacity for innovation: the companies are accustomed to having their products, technology and processes being continuously improved via means of significant investments in research and development.

As part of the mandate Export Promotion and on behalf of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) is supporting internationally-oriented Swiss SMEs from the MEM industry and other industries in their internationalization projects. S-GE therefore works closely with Swiss industry associations. As part of the mandate Investment Promotion and on behalf of SECO and the cantons, S-GE coordinates activities in all areas that are active in promoting Switzerland as a business location for establishing companies with great strength in innovation and value creation. In this way, S-GE is making a valuable contribution to the MEM location in Switzerland. The S-GE factsheet about the MEM industry contains more detailed industry information,swissmem also publishes further important industry information and finally you can use the following link to search specifically for S-GE members of the MEM industry. 

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