CSEM to celebrate a quarter of a century of success

On May 27th, 2009, CSEM celebrated a quarter of a century of success on the occasion of its "Innovation Day" in Berne.

CSEM, Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique, can be justly proud to display such impressive results after 25 years of existence. Its strong capacity for innovation has, over the years, made it a partner of choice in the domestic and international research sectors. Under the patronage of Mrs Doris Leuthard, Federal Counsellor, and in the company of personalities from the political, economic and scientific world, CSEM will celebrate its 25 years of success on 27th May in Berne.

The environment and sustainable development have become important issues for our societies, and require our full commitment in creating reliable, responsible and sustainable solutions. During the 25 years of its existence, CSEM has succeeded in adapting to and managing increasingly complex technologies by integrating the prevailing economic and financial realities. Today, within a global perspective of sustainable development, CSEM combines technologies and the environment to offer innovative and competitive solutions. It is also an important player in the economy - having generated approximately 500 jobs with the creation of 29 spin-offs, in addition to the 400 jobs spread over seven sites in Switzerland and abroad.

Thus, CSEM has chosen the environment as its theme to celebrate its 25th anniversary on 27th May at the Bellevue Palace in Berne. On this occasion, CSEM has enriched its "Innovation Day" by the presence of prestigious speakers such as Mrs Doris Leuthard, Federal Counsellor, Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, and Mr Nicolas G. Hayek, Chairman and Managing Director of the Swatch Group board. The chairman of CSEM, Mr Claude Nicollier, will complete this distinguished group of speakers in his role as moderator at this anniversary event.

Thomas Hinderling, CSEM CEO, is looking forward very much to this jubilee: "This is a very important day for CSEM, with strong support from the political and industrial sectors. We hope to be in a position to continue the CSEM success story for the next 25 years!"

CSEM¿s reputation as an innovation center is firmly established. Its 29 spin-offs and start-ups already testify to the rich business potential of its technologies. They offer responses to the needs of the market and contribute to the dynamic and high-tech image of the Swiss industrial landscape. On the other hand, strategic cooperation and alliances with university institutes and other European research centers - CEA (F), Fraunhofer (D) and VTT (FIN) - promote research, create synergies, and speed up the transfer of technologies within industry.

There is no doubt that CSEM will continue to be successful. Its turnover has again grown strongly in 2008, and the forecast for 2009 is optimistic. At a time when economic slowdown is dominating the news, CSEM seems to have been spared by this negative trend. The company also regularly receives awards that acknowledge the quality of its projects or management. The latest to date, the "National Energy Globe", rewards the Solar Islands project as a sustainable development project with high technological innovation capacity and strong growth potential.

To prove its commitment to this area, on 27th May, CSEM is putting the environment at the heart of its considerations, in addition to those initiatives enabling it to consolidate its innovative role well beyond our borders.