This article showcases our top picks for the best Switzerland based Mechanical Engineering startups. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Mechanical Engineering industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Switzerland Mechanical Engineering Startups
Akselos is the creator of the world’s most advanced digital twin technology. Founded in 2012 and with operations in Europe, the USA, and South East Asia, the company’s products are designed specifically to help protect the world’s critical infrastructure with next-generation simulation technology.
Akselos Integra® has the power to revolutionize how we design and manage our critical structures and pushes past the boundaries of what modern engineering and data analytics can achieve. With patented algorithms that are up to 1000 times faster than anything else on the market, it’s the only simulation software that can build an accurate and detailed model of large-scale operational assets and run those simulations using only a portable computer.
We have some of the world’s best mathematicians and computer scientists on our team and we’re working towards a vision of preventative maintenance and zero unplanned downtime through smart and connected assets. Our vision combines our super-fast, physics-based, digital twins with sensors and big data analytics as essential elements of what we call a Digital Guardian – giving you access to your asset’s condition in real time and a window into the future.
We apply the best in digital technology to bring value and efficiency to customers in all asset-centric industries. Find out more www.akselos.com.
9T Labs brings together advanced software, additive manufacturing and industry-standard materials to deliver digital composite production solution. With proprietary 9T Labs Additive Fusion Technology (AFT) technology , manufacturers can create lighter structural parts with true 3d fibre orientation and mass-produce carbon composite at lower cost.
Intuitive design software for optimal fiber placement and automated production equipment allows companies to increase competitiveness throughout their whole value chain.. .
Combined, Altran and Aricent generated revenues of €2.9 billion in 2018, with some 47,000 employees in more than 30 countries. Altran was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Neuilly-sur-seine, France..
EH Group Engineering
EH Group Engineering (EHG) aims to become a leading player in the emerging hydrogen economy. This is via the commercialisation of a low temperature fuel cell (FC) based on a radical new design and the development of a transformative manufacturing technique that dramatically reduces costs.
They are based in Canton de Vaud in Switzerland, in close proximity to their key industrial partners. Together with them and in collaboration with their sources of academic expertise, EHG seeks to accelerate the commercialisation and large scale deployment of hydrogen fuel cells in a decarbonising world..
noonee is the world’s first supplier of Wearble Ergonomic Mechatronic Devices (WEMDs). These are simple devices focussed on improving ergonomics in the manufacturing industry, similar to exoskeletons but practical.
noonee AG was founded in 2014 in Switzerland. In July 2016, noonee germany GmbH was created as the first step of worldwide roll-out of the Chairless Chair.
The device was developed in continuous feedback exchange with corporate clients and end users.. From 2008, the laboratory was studying the valuation of industrial wastes, and, thanks to 3 postgraduates from PROMES (specialized in heat storage, processes and materials) now part of its team, ETC discovered the possibility to create ceramics with great thermal properties.
ETC adapted this material on large scales in the aim to create new recovery heat method, EcoStock. Turnkey storage units, the EcoStock is an eco-efficient thermal storage solutions for high temperature thermal applications..
RKLAB North America
The RK Injector (RKI) is a unique breakthrough in fuel injection technology. A self-pressurising injector that creates optimal mixing conditions within the combustion chamber to facilitate a much cleaner burn, eliminating the formation of NOx.
Their aim is to partner with OEM’s to produce the next generation of ultra-efficient, low emissions engine developments. With the advancing development they see the RK Injector as key to: 1.
Achieving 60% Brake Thermal Efficiency in engines. 2.
Highly energy efficient, low temperature combustion. They are pushing the boundaries of thermal efficiency and low temperature combustion modes – to reach the full potential of the internal combustion engine.
Their ideal scenario is to create more efficiency, with less emissions while providing superior levels of performance. They call this their Blue Flame technology – engineering innovation to contribute significantly to a greener world..
Sensima Inspection is a high tech company founded in 2009 as a spin off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Sensima Inspection develops and markets advanced electro-magnetic solutions for non destructive testing (NDT) and quality control, with a focus on crack detection, sizing, and monitoring in metallic components.
They offer a unique combination of the most advanced technologies including IC design and a recognized expertise in non destructive testing. Their innovative products are designed to improve performance, to reduce equipment size and weight, and to facilitate integration in and interfacing with your inspection systems.
Celeroton produces and sells ultra-high-speed electric motor-drive systems and turbo compressors, achieving speeds up to 1 million rpm. They offer complete solutions consisting of motors with optimized converters and turbo compressors.
Their solutions achieve the maximum operating efficiency for your application. Sensorless speed control is one of their key technologies.
With their converters they drive your motor, spindle or test stand with full torque, from standstill to maximum speed, all without speed sensors.. .
Shematic allows each vehicle manufacturer to access electric mobility. Founded in Geneva in 2018, Shematic mission is to provide fully customised electric powertrains to meet the needs of manufacturers of passenger cars, leisure, passenger and commercial vehicles in Switzerland and abroad.
In this way, they contribute to the realization of projects by providing their customers with the most appropriate electrical solutions. Shematic is aimed at customers interested in developing electric mobility projects for all modes of transport with a power output between 1kW and 500kW.
With its in-depth expertise and several years of experience in the field of electric mobility, Shematic is able to offer consulting services for the implementation of production in the various fields concerned, including the design and production of dedicated approved engines and battery packs. The diversity of Shematic’s skills and services allows it to be the only partner of its customers on the vehicle’s traction system and electrical network.
Swissloop is a transportation company that develops next-generation pod vehicle and create a sustainable transportation infrastructure. They are fostering the promotion and incubation of Hyperloop innovation and technologies in Switzerland.
Through an interdisciplinary platform, they connect and match students from varied backgrounds to shared resources that meet the infrastructural necessities, intrinsic to R&D of the Hyperloop and its emerging and related mobility and transport markets. Swissloop was founded in 2016 and is based in Zurich, Switzerland..
Optotune develops and manufactures industry shaping active optical components that allow customers around the globe to innovate. Founded in 2008, they started out with their core technology of focus tunable lenses, which was inspired by the working principle of the human eye.
Laser speckle reducers, 2D mirrors and tunable prisms are further additions to their product lines. Thanks to their deep understanding of optics and mechanics and a passion for technology, Optotune is your ideal partner when it comes to solving challenges where conventional optics fail.
Optotune’s goal is to enable customers to create innovative products by providing them with unique optical components.. .
Zuhlke Engineering an independent service provider for bespoke product and software engineering, management consulting and start-up financing. Zuhlke believes innovation requires an entrepreneurial mind-set combined with the courage to push boundaries and break new ground.
Zuhlke helps companies transform their vision from a smart idea into a resounding market success. In doing so, Zuhlke covers every phase of the business innovation process and accompanies products and applications from the initial idea through to the implementation and operation.
In Zuhlke’s 50 years’ history we have developed a wide range of medical devices. Our expert teams have development skills that range from embedded software and connected devices through to cloud, web and mobile applications..
SYNOVA’s story begins with the invention of the water jet guided laser developed in the 1990s at the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, made by PhD student Bernold Richerzhagen. This innovation resolved a number of well-known problems associated with existing cutting technologies in industrial applications.
Consequently, Synova was founded by Richerzhagen in 1997 in Lausanne to make the patented Laser MicroJet (LMJ) technology available to high-tech industrial manufacturers. Since 1998, various industries worldwide have switched to this laser process for their production needs.
In addition, the particular advantages have led to a number of new applications such as in the domain of sensitive material processing where Synova was the first company to introduce the laser into semiconductor wafer dicing in 2001. Since 2003, the company established wholly owned local subsidiaries in the USA, Japan, India and Korea for optimized customer support.
These have since been expanded to include micro-machining centers (MMCs) with Taiwan and China planned for the future. SYNOVA presently has 75 employees including 35 engineers focused primarily on researching new material cutting solutions, further applications and laser cutting equipment.
Aside from research, both the final assembly and testing of up to 100 machines a year are performed in Synova’s modern, 1800 square meter facility in Duillier. In 2010 Synova successfully entered the gem diamond cutting business.
Subsequently, the company was strategically re-organized according to market segments forming three distinct business units: Diamonds, Semiconductors and Metal Industry. SYNOVA has established several partnerships with leading industrial machine manufacturers for the production of LMJ machines, most recently with Makino.
Squitek AG is an engineering company that develops, produces and sells ink staining systems to secure and protect cash in custody or in transit. SQUITEK AG has been formed by a group of passionate business partners.
Passionate about innovation, passionate about bringing costumers smart solutions to their problems, passionate about transferring modern technology into cost-effective and reliable products. Headquartered in the Technopark in Root, close to Lucerne, Switzerland, SQUITEK AG comes with a fresh and unbiased approach to combining state-of-the-art technology with simple and modular product building blocks, allowing for industrialised cost-effectiveness without losing the ability to develop bespoke solutions for specific client needs..
SkAD Labs is developing Skeleton|CAx™, a virtual product development software promising to deliver a 50% speed up in the development process of engineering products. Skeleton|CAx™ is an advanced, intelligent system, capable to autonomously create designs, simulate physical behavior and achieve a specific optimization goal.
As a consequence, engineering product design will become as easy as running software code: With a press of one button.. .
Decent work puts people first, made possible through the creation of Numii, a real-time dataset for human working conditions. The Numii scale is a CES award-winning invention that creates digital factory twins, giving you valuable insight into what’s going on with production lines.
streamwise provides innovation and problem-tailored advice in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics. Analytical thinking, experimental testing, and computational methods are their tools.
Based on analytical/empirical models they efficiently identify the optimization potential in terms of time and money. They design, plan and perform experimental and numerical (CFD) campaigns and set up your measurements to validate simulations..
SUSS MicroOptics SA was formed in 1999 with the remit to supply its parent SUSS MicroTec AG with micro-optical elements for their lithography equipment. As the market for micro-optics grew, SUSS MicroOptics expanded to meet the new and diverse requirements, developing its product portfolio and expertise to become one of the leading producers of precision refractive and diffractive micro-optics in the world.
SUSS MicroOptics is recognized by Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH as a Preferred Supplier and first became ISO 9001certified in 2008. In 2013 it moved to its current premises, complete with state-of-the-art cleanroom, from where it continues to deliver excellence to its international customer base.
SUSS MicroOptics is a wholly owned subsidiary of SUSS MicroTec SE, a leading supplier of products and solutions for backend lithography, wafer bonding and photomask processing.. .
Kopter develops, builds, and supports a new generation of turbine helicopters. It has developed its first model, the single-turbine SH09, which has increased modularity, modern electronic systems, and a larger cabin and cargo hold.
It delivers safety, performance, and comfort at low operating costs. Kopter was founded in 2007 and has 250 team members that are based near Zürich, with production and assembly facilities in Mollis and Näfels..
Dynamic Devices AG designs, manufactures and sells self-learning interactive robots for the treatment of neuro-muscular pathologies and orthopedic ailments, as well as for athletic training, fitness and wellness. Their vision: turn training, therapy and prevention into a visceral and emotionally engaging experience.
The company took its beginnings in 2003 as a platform for technology transfer from the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics into different branches of industry. In 2010, the company began developing and selling products into the sports and rehabilitation markets..
Felco Motion engages in Imagine, design, develop, industrialize and assemble electromechanical solutions portable or transportable innovative, quality and competitive. These solutions are implemented to improve the productivity, the rigidity or the automation of certain repetitive or tedious tasks, thanks to a portable or transportable technology..
Positics is also a specialist in tracking systems for the development and validation of vehicles (ADAS standards) and lidar perception for autonomous vehicles and robotics.. .
The SFS Group is a multi-industry group with headquarters in Switzerland, annual sales revenue of US$1.2 billion in 2011, and more than 4,100 employees globally. The core businesses are the development, manufacturing and marketing and sale of engineered precision components, precision fasteners, application specific fastening solutions and the distribution of fasteners professional tools and architectural hardware in Switzerland.
SFS serves customers from diverse industries such as automotive, construction, aircraft, electronics, and transportation.. .
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