Technology sector

Monitoring Technology Locations

Switzerland can only maintain its high wage position in the world if it can also keep up the productivity gap with the rest of the world. The highly technological sectors of the Swiss branch of the industry, such as machinery, electrical, metal, watches, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, communications, energy, informatics - contribute a great deal to the Swiss economy as a whole. Measured in terms of export value, technology is by far the most important: the machine, electrical, metal, vehicle, precision instrumentation and watchmaking industries account for more than 50 per cent of Swiss exports.
A central element of the outstanding productivity development of the technology industries in Switzerland is the maintenance and expansion of technological performance. The implementation of technological potential in new markets and growth depends in particular on the global framework, but also on the specific location factors, strategic focus and well-thought-out cluster formation. With the «Monitoring Technology Locations» project, BAK Economics compiles the Swiss technology cluster and compares it with competing technologies.

Technology Location Switzerland in International Comparison

With the International Benchmarking Database, BAK has at its disposal a database with data on value added, work volume, the number of employed persons and thus also productivity for the various sub-sectors of the technology sector of a regional economy.
The success stories of Switzerland as a technology location include the life sciences industry (pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, medical technology), the precision industry/micromechanics and electronics, and the watchmaking industry. In order to meet the information, analysis and argumentation needs of Switzerland as a technology location and its regions, it is therefore essential to calculate and analyse the relevant NACE sectors at a deeper level.


Classification according to NACE/NOGA

24Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
24.2Agro-chemical industry: manufacture of pesticides, crop protection products and disinfectants
24.4Manufacture of pharmaceuticals and chemical products
DJMetal production and processing, Manufacture of fabricated metal products
29Mechanical engineering
30Manufacture of office machinery and computers
31/32Manufacture of electrical machinery and apparatus and radio, television and communication equipment
33Manufacture of medical, precision and optical instruments, watches and clocks
33.1Manufacture of medical and surgical equipment and orthopaedic appliances
33.5Manufacture of watches and clocks
DMVehicle construction
EAElectricity, gas and water supply
64Message transfer
72Computer and related activities


The following regions are important for the project "Monitoring Technology Locations":

SwitzerlandBassin Lémanique (cantons of Vaud and Geneva), Arc Jurassien (Jura and Neuchâtel), Espace Bern (Berne, Fribourg, Solothurn, Wallis), Basel (Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft), Aargau, Zurich, Central Switzerland (Lucerne, Zug, Schwyz, Uri, Nidwalden, Obwalden), Eastern Switzerland (St. Gallen, Thurgau, Appenzell AI and AR, Schaffhausen, Glarus), Valais, Ticino, Graubünden
USAMassachusetts, Indiana, Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area, New Jersey, New York
GermanyBaden-Württemberg (Karlsruhe region, Stuttgart region, Pforzheim region, Tuttlingen region, Ulm region, Rastatt region, Rottweil region), Bavaria (Munich region, Nuremberg region), Rhineland-Palatinate (Southern Palatinate region), North Rhine-Westphalia (Duisburg region, Cologne/Leverkusen region)
FranceGreater Paris area (Île de France region), Rhône-Alps (Grenoble (Isère department), Lyon (Rhône department)), Franche Comté (Burgundy free county (Doubs, Belfort territory)), Alsace
ItalyLombardy (Milan (province), Lecco (province), Brescia (province))Veneto (Belluno (province))
AustriaEastern Austria, Vorarlberg, Upper Austria, Styria
United KingdomWest Midlands of England (Birmingham), South East England (Oxfordshire), East England (Cambridgeshire), Greater London, Scotland
IrelandDublin, southwest of Ireland
Denmark / SwedenÖresund (Copenhagen and southern Sweden (border region))
SwedenStockholm, Southern Sweden
FinlandHelsinki, Tampere, Turku, Oulu
Eastern / Central EuropeCzech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
ChinaShanghai region, Hong Kong

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