Materials, Surfaces & Metrology


Thanks to its heritage in watchmaking and microtechnology, the canton of Vaud is highly specialized in materials, surface treatments, and metrology.

Materials and micro technologies are vital to our lives, from telephones to clothes and buildings. The types of material available are wide-ranging, including polymers, metals, and ceramics; each has a specific structure that engineers must understand to create the most suitable designs for each purpose. 

Alongside materials science, surface treatments and metrology (which relate to measurement) are pivotal fields for the emergence of innovative and efficient products.

Scientific and technological progress has revolutionized the types of materials and how we use them. Researchers and engineers have already created a wide range of new composite materials and smart alloys, while more bespoke materials are being developed for particular uses. 

Now, this sector faces significant challenges in meeting society’s needs, such as ensuring optimal use of natural resources and cost-effective materials.

Thanks to its significant history of watchmaking and micro technologies, the canton of Vaud offers many advantages regarding reliable and ultra-precise product development. In addition, adequate infrastructure, competitiveness, and flexible labor laws make it an ideal environment for the materials and metrology sectors.

Manoj Thacker


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